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Body of missing kayaker found two months after he disappeared

A Wisconsin-based nonprofit located the body of a long-missing kayaker in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

No one had heard from Dan Pham since June 8. He had told a friend he was kayaking and camping in the Lester Beach area.

El Dorado’s Sheriff’s Office launched a search and rescue operation with California State Parks and several other counties. The search effort focused on an area off of Rubicon Point, but Pham was not located, said a Sheriff’s Office press release.

On Saturday, a nonprofit called Bruce’s Legacy arrived with a “state-of-the-art” side scan sonar, which located Pham’s body under 245 feet of water off the point. His body was brought to the surface with a remotely operated underwater vehicle run by Bruce’s Legacy, the release said.

Bruce’s Legacy was founded after the death of Bruce Cormican, a firefighter in Black River Falls, Wis. He was part of a search mission for a drowned man when he died in 1995.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Bruce’s Legacy has found 18 drowning victims in four years. The organization has completed at least two other recoveries in Northern California this summer.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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