Kayaker found dead on Lake Jocassee

A kayaker who went missing this past weekend was found dead on Oct. 9 and has been identified as 23-year-old Joshua Morales of Auburn, GA.

Oconee County (SC) Coroner Karl Addis said the death was a result of accidental drowning. SCDNR divers found Morales’ body in about 46 feet of water at around 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Morales, along with a female companion and a dog, were kayaking on Lake Jocassee on Oct. 7, heading to a remote camping spot, when a wind storm caused both kayaks to capsize. The female and the dog were both rescued shortly after and treated for hypothermia.

Rescuers found belongings of Morales during the initial search, but they found no trace of him until Monday.

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