Former Steamboat Springs resident killed in kayaking accident

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Alan Panebaker

— Former Steamboat Springs resident Alan Panebaker was killed Wednesday in a kayaking accident in New Hampshire, according to police reports.

Police said Panebaker, 29, of Montpelier, Vt., was kayaking on the Pemigewasset River with two others when he became caught in some rocks and trapped under the water, according a story in the Union Leader newspaper. His body was recovered more than an hour later, the paper reported.

“It’s clear that the current had taken him and held him,” the newspaper quoted Lincoln Police Sgt. Joseph DeLuca as saying.

“These guys weren’t amateurs. They had wet suits and all the equipment used by experienced kayakers,” DeLuca told the paper. “It’s fairly unusual for kayakers to be up this high on the river because it’s so dangerous.”

During his time in Steamboat, Panebaker worked at Backdoor Sports and interned at Paddler magazine.

“He worked at Backdoor Sports and taught kayaking for me,” owner Peter Van De Carr said. “The only reason he left (Steamboat) to become a lawyer was to help protect the river environment he loved and felt was so sacred.”

Read the complete story at www.unionleader.com.

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