Kayak Fatality on North Fork of Payette


The Valley County Sheriff's Department reports that friends were unable to revive a North Carolina man who was killed late Wednesday while kayaking the North Fork of the Payette River.

Law enforcement said 22-year-old Eric Weigel of Asheville, North Carolina was kayaking just south of Smith's Ferry when his craft flipped, causing him to hit his head against some rocks. Witnesses said he was unconscious underwater for several minutes before being pulled to shore. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's department said Weigel had been wearing full safety gear, including helmet.