Exchange student from Ghana dies in California kayak accident

NEW YORK Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:10pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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