Man who died while kayaking in Linville Gorge identified

Man who died while kayaking in Linville Gorge identified
(Credit: Photo provided by Spectrum)
(Credit: Photo provided by Spectrum)

LINVILLE GORGE, NC (WBTV) - A kayaker who drowned in Marion Saturday night has been identified.

According to the Associated Press, 34-year-old Burton Greer IV, of Atlanta, died while he was kayaking with a friend in the Linville Gorge. His kayak reportedly got stuck between some rocks. That's when Greer's kayak overturned, forestry officials told the AP.

Multiple crews went into the gorge by what's called the Pinch In trail. The rescue effort was an hours-long process

The AP reports that the river was "unusually swollen" due to recent rainfall.

Greer was reportedly an avid whitewater paddler, the AP reported.

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