Kayaker Who Drowned on James River near Nixa Being Remembered

A Missouri State Highway Patrol rescue team found a body Monday evening during the search for a missing kayaker on the James River near Nixa.

The team found the body of Brian Gomez from Springfield about 100 yards from where the kayaker was reported to have disappeared.

A higher than normal water level hampered the search, and rescuers searched areas with slower river flow.

Gomez’ family is reminding other kayakers to educate themselves on water safety. They say the victim was an amazing father, friend, and overall genuinely wonderful person.

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