Search Continues For Kayaker's Body

The search continues for a kayaker who went missing along the Kentucky River in Frankfort.

Search & Rescue just released the name of the man who went under. His name is John Imes. The 64-year old lived in Louisville and worked for Humana. Crews say he was not wearing a life vest.

Crews are dragging the river, searching for the missing man's body. They are also using sonar and search dogs in their attempt. Crews say the waters on the Kentucky River are murky, but they are also calm and a few feet lower than yesterday.

Wednesday, Imes disappeared and now search crews are calling it a recovery mission for his body.

The search is centered behind the Paul Sawyier Library on Wapping Street in Frankfort.

A group of four kayakers had been on the Kentucky River for much of the day. They stopped for lunch near the Singing Bridge but then got back on the water at around 1:30.

Investigators say Imes fell behind the group. Then a driver called 911 after seeing him struggling to get his boat back upright in the water.

Dive teams searched the area for several hours but didn't see any sign of the missing man.

Imes family says no alcohol was involved in this accident and that he was physically fit.


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  • by coworker Location: Louisville on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    We are just a baffled as others as to why there was no PFD. He is ususally a person who is very aware of safety. As far as why no one could help hiim....the others tried to turn back when they realized he was in trouble, but the current was to rough and they were fighting it with all of their might to get to him.
  • by PJ Location: Frankfort on Mar 5, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    Why did this man not have a life jacket? How did he get so far behind nobody could help him? Just wondering.......
  • by Doreen Location: Clearwater, Fl on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    This breaks my heart, This person was kind and loving and fun
  • by Ted Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    If this person did have a PFD on, he could have gotten hypothermia and floated down river.
  • by Ginny Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    April gives excellent advise. My husband and son use to kayak and I was always concerned for their safety, it is a great a great sport but not without risks. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and his kayak family too.
  • by SteveK Location: Nicholasville on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    As a kayaker, I was very distressed over this story. I'm still trying to figure out in my mind how it is possible for this to happen. When flipped over one basically falls out of a kayak with very little effort and the kayak itself can then be used to raise your head above water. This is very tragic and I would say very unusual.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    Thoughts & Prayers with this family & friends
  • by April Location: Winchester on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:42 PM
    I kayak and would never even consider kayaking without a PFD on. - especially in potentially hypothermic conditions. Please folks, don't forget your PFD no matter how flat and easy the water is!
  • by Alex Location: Lexington on Mar 4, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    This is sad coming only a couple days after the NFL players went missing at sea. Water is a fun and relaxing thing but can also be very deadly. My uncle drowned in the river (Louisville) about 5 years ago from and under current. The only time I get in water is to bath.

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