Body of missing kayaker found in Lake Erie

SUNSET BAY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The body of missing kayaker Dylan Lathrop, 20, was recovered from Lake Erie Thursday morning, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Lathrop, who lived in South Dayton, went out on Cattaraugus Creek Tuesday to kayak with friends.

Officials say he and his friends paddled into dangerous territory, where six-to-eight foot waves eventually caused their boats to capsize.

Although three of the men were able to swim between 100 and 200 yards to make it back to the shoreline, Lathrop did not survive the wrathful waters.

Following hours of searching, officials with the Sheriff’s Office made the announcement that Lathrop was found Thursday around 10 a.m.

His body was recovered around 10 a.m. near the scene where the capsize incident is believed to have happened. Divers with the New York State Police made the discovery in about 16 feet of water.

Lathrop’s official cause of death has not yet been determined. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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