Ghana exchange student dies in California kayak accident

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, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

Lifeguards and dive teams in California on Sunday recovered the body of a 17-year-old exchange student from Ghana whose kayak capsized near San Diego, officials said.

Abdul Razak Shanun's body was spotted near San Diego's Mission Bay during a search, San Diego Lifeguards said.

"It is believed that the kayaker was not wearing a life jacket," before he capsized, lifeguards said in a tweet.

Shanun had rented the kayak on Saturday, heading out on the west side of Mission Bay where he capsized and drowned, authorities said.

It was unclear whether he had a life jacket in the kayak, and if so, why he chose not to wear it.

The teen was an exchange student at Balboa City School, local media reported.


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