A Perry County man found unresponsive Tuesday night in the North Fork of the Kentucky River died later, and the state medical examiner's office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy.
Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Combs said that relatives of the man, thought to be about 25 years old, found him in the river about 8 p.m. Tuesday. The coroner's office has identified the man but is waiting until his entire family is notified before they release his name.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department spokesman Mark Marraccini said the man had been weed-trimming along the river, and his relatives came looking for him after he didn't return for dinner.
The relatives found him unresponsive and face-up in the river about five feet from the shore in about two feet of water. Department investigators found slide marks and a large rock near the area where he had been weed-trimming, Marraccini said.
Combs said the relatives performed CPR on him until the ambulance arrived. He was taken to Hazard ARH Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.