Kayaking instructor West drowns in Canada
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Sep 14, 2012 | 4403 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A well-known and highly respected kayak instructor from Ocoee drowned Tuesday in the Stikine River in British Columbia, Canada.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Jeffrey Dean West, 42, a kayak instructor with Ace Kayaking School/Ace Funyaks, in Ocoee, was kayaking alone on the river in northern British Columbia and never made it to his designated pickup point.

In a statement released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Dease Lake RCMP received a report that rafters had located a deceased male in Stikine Canyon between Highway 37 and Telegraph Creek.

“RCMP attended the location and through their investigation confirmed the male had been kayaking with friends earlier in the week. After their successful run down the river the male returned for a second ride on his own,” according to the press release.

RCMP confirmed foul play was not suspected and the investigation was turned over to the British Columbia Coroners Services.

The newspaper described the area in which West was kayaking is called the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River, “and is an extremely challenging kayak run.”

According to West’s Facebook page, he was a 1988 graduate of Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga; and Georgia Southern University in 1994. He began working at Ace Kayaking School/Ace Funyaks in 1997.