Kayaker drowns at Dinosaur National Monument

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DINOSAUR, Colo. (ABC4 Utah) – A man is died kayaking on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. 
 
Michael Brinks, 66, of Craig, Colorado died Saturday, July 15. 
 
Brink was on a two-person private trip using inflatable kayaks when he hit a rock in Tepee Rapid, capsized and never resurfaced. 
 
He was reported to have been wearing a personal flotation device. The reporting party kayaked 24 miles downstream to Hells Canyon Ranch to report the incident. 
 
Monument staff were contacted just before 9:00 pm on Saturday evening. Search and rescue efforts were launched Sunday morning.
 
Due to the remote location of the incident, and low water levels along the Yampa River, monument staff used a helicopter to help in the search. 
 
Brinks’ body was found late Sunday morning about 3 miles downstream from the point last seen. 
 
The body was recovered from the river and taken to the Moffat County Coroner. 
 
Tepee Rapid is a class II+ rapid located on the Yampa River in the Colorado portion (Moffat County) of Dinosaur National Monument. It is approximately 10 river miles downstream of the Deerlodge Park boat launch near the monument’s eastern boundary. 
 
 

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