Kayaker Dies On Shasta County Creek

REDDING (AP) — Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.

Shelbi Danielle Arno, 39, was paddling downstream on Sunday through a fairly rough stretch of Clear Creek near Redding when her kayak turned sideways.

Shasta County Deputy Coroner Billy Cobb says the vessel flipped over as she was attempting to straighten herself out and was pushed against a rock. Her companion was able to free the kayak, but Arno floated downstream and out of sight before becoming wedged in rocks.

Her body was recovered the next day by crews who had to rappel down a 500-foot cliff.

Sheriff’s officials say she was wearing safety equipment, and there are no indications of negligence.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

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