Kayaker drowns trying to save capsized girlfriend, who swims to shore, Indiana cops say

A kayaking trip down the Ohio River turned deadly for a Kentucky couple on Saturday, officials say.

Travis Hughes, 28, was kayaking the river with his girlfriend and brother when his girlfriend’s kayak was hit by a wave around 9:30 p.m., ultimately capsizing, WLKY reported.

Hughes jumped in to save his girlfriend, capsizing his own kayak in the process, WXIN reported.

The woman was able to swim to a nearby island, but Hughes never resurfaced, WDRB reported.

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“Unfortunately it was a tragic incident. We responded and it turned from a rescue mission and unfortunately turned into a recovery mission,” Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck said, according to the news outlet.

Rescuers found Hughes’ body about two hours after the incident floating near a hydroelectric dam, WXIN reported.

Officials say the three kayakers were not wearing life jackets and results of toxicology screen are pending, WLKY reported.

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.