Search for missing kayaker in Limestone County now a recovery effort

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Rescue crews have suspended the search for a missing kayaker near Sportsman’s Park in Limestone County.

An ALEA Marine Patrol spokesman identified the missing man as Michael Rynders, 39, of Athens.

An official said early Thursday afternoon the search was now a recovery effort.

Authorities say they got an emergency call around 8 o’ clock Wednesday night. Officials say Rynders and his girlfriend had been kayaking on the Elk River when she says she heard him yell. She reported that the kayak was still there, but he was gone, according to the report.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Police, the Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad, Owens Volunteer Fire Department, and rescue squads from Killen and Rogersville were all on the scene.

Cadaver dogs and advanced sonar technology were being used all day Thursday to try and find Rynders’ body.

The man’s mother was also  on scene all day waiting for his body to be recovered.

Officials on scene confirmed that he was not wearing a life jacket when is kayak capsized.