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Man mysteriously drowns in Great Salt Lake
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ANTELOPE ISLAND —  Authorities don’t know why a 53-year-old Massachusetts man drowned while kayaking in the Great Salt Lake on Saturday.

“We haven’t heard from the coroner’s office,” said Antelope State Park manager Jeremy Shaw on Monday morning. “We’re waiting on them and that may take six weeks before we hear anything.”

Investigators are stymied as to how the man wound up in the water, Shaw said. The weather was clear and the water was calm.

People driving on the causeway saw the man floating near his kayak at about 3:30 p.m., just north of the marina. They notified authorities, who retrieved the man and performed CPR on him. Paramedics and a medical helicopter were called in, but the man was dead at the scene, according to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, assistant park manager John Sullivan said the man was alone and had rented a kayak from the rental concession.

“He indicated he was an experienced kayaker,” Sullivan said.

Although he was issued a life jacket, he was not wearing it when he died.

Investigators hope to have more information as to why the man ended up in the water once the coroner’s report is in, Shaw said. He could have been in the water as few as 10 minutes.

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