Kayaker who died on Coosa River identified

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - A kayaker who died Monday afternoon while traveling down the Coosa River is being identified.

Bobby Merrill McDaniel, 57, of Lincoln, Alabama (Talladega Co.) died while paddling down the Coosa River near Corn Creek in Elmore County.

Elmore County Coroner, Tim Ellison, says he'll classify McDaniel's death as an accidental drowning.

Police say McDaniel rented a kayak, and while paddling down the river a witness heard him call out for help. By the time the witness reached McDaniel, however, the kayaker had already fallen unconscious.

An off-duty police officer and some friends of the victim were able to pull the man from the water near the "Paddling Club."

McDaniel was transported to Elmore Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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