Alaska Man Filmed His Own Drowning In Glacial Lake With GoPro!
2023/07/19

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A 43-year-old man named Paul Rodriguez Jr. from Alaska has drowned in a glacial lake while kayaking. He inadvertently filmed his own drowning with a GoPro camera that had been mounted to his head. The incident occurred on July 11, but his body has still not been found. Rodriguez was an avid outdoorsman and had gone on a kayaking trip to the glacial lake. He posted pictures of his kayak on a beach near Nugget Falls on social media before his disappearance.

His roommate saw him for the last time on July 10. Authorities found the same kayak floating unattended in the lake, which led them to launch a search effort.

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Despite deploying helicopters and specially trained dogs, it was a passing resident who found Rodriguez's camera-fitted helmet on the lakeshore. Police revealed that the footage captured his death in full. The video showed that his kayak overturned due to a strong current coming from the glacier. It also revealed that he was not wearing a life jacket or appropriate protective clothing for glacial water sports.

Rodriguez's relatives were informed that he was declared dead based on the footage. Search teams will continue searching the lake to recover his body.

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The search effort began after officials noticed that Rodriguez's vehicle had been parked at a lot since July 11. The vehicle belonged to Rodriguez, and an empty kayak was towed to shore on the same day. Rodriguez's family described him as an adventurous person who loved outdoor activities in the Mendenhall Glacier area.

They shared that he enjoyed fishing, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and embraced the great outdoors. His final Facebook post before the incident read, "Headed up to the glacier!" He was known for his kindhearted nature and passion for capturing photographs of his adventures. As of now, authorities have not found Rodriguez's body. The search is concentrated in a recreational area of the glacial region. The footage of his drowning will not be released to the public.

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