CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The body of a Shannondale, W.Va., man was pulled from the Blackwater River on Monday morning, a day after he died in a kayaking accident.
The body of Timothy Christopher "Tim" Gavin, 37, was pulled from the river about two miles south of Blackwater Falls near Davis, W.Va.
Gavin's sister, Sally Jackson, and a brother, John Gavin, were at the river as his friends, fellow kayakers, and fire and rescue volunteers recovered the body.
"(Jackson) said he looked extremely peaceful," said brother Michael Gavin, who spoke to his sister afterward.
The family takes comfort in the knowledge that Tim Gavin was doing what he loved, Michael Gavin said.
Tim Gavin and friend, Mike Moore, 31, of Hagerstown, were in separate kayaks on the Blackwater River at about 4 p.m. when they split up while going around a series of rocks, said Deputy David Gidley of the Tucker County Sheriff's Department.