Missing Father Found Dead After Kayaking Trip Near Brannan Island

RIO VISTA (CBS13/AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says a 40-year-old father who went missing after his kayak flipped over was found dead.

Roni Avila, 40, of San Francisco, was kayaking with his 5-year-old daughter near a state park south of Sacramento on Sunday afternoon before the boat flipped over, causing them to go underwater. According to officials, the pair was not wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

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Emergency crews searched for Avila in the Delta on Sunday.

Investigators say Avila carried his daughter on his shoulders until a jet skier spotted them and rescued the girl.

According to authorities, the man went underwater again after his daughter was safe and did not resurface.

His body was found later that day.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to pay for funeral costs.

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