Authorities say an Alaskan man accidentally filmed himself drowning in an icy lake using a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet.
ViaBECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNE, Alaska — An Alaskan man accidentally filmed himself drowning in an glacial lake with a helmet-mounted GoPro camera, but authorities recovered the camera and still haven’t found his body, officials say. know on Tuesday.
The Alaska State trooper said teams will continue to search for the body of Paul Rodriguez Jr., 43, in Juneau on Lake Mendenhall.
Soldiers said a helmet with a camera identified as Rodriguez’s recorded July 11 when his kayak overturned and he fell into the water.
Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for Troopers, said via email: “The recording continues to show the kayak capsizing due to strong currents from the glacier.
DeSpain said the helmet was found on the lakeshore. He said it was delivered to the military on Monday.
Juneau police on Monday said Rodriguez is believed to have gone missing on July 11 somewhere in the vicinity of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Police received a report Sunday from U.S. Forest Service officers that a vehicle had been parked at the recreation area since July 11 and determined that it was registered to Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s son, Jaden Rodriguez, said his father is kind and enjoys being outdoors, participating in activities such as fishing, boating and skiing. His son said Rodriguez is also a talented photographer.
He says that Rodriguez’s life changed for the better when he found God, and Rodriguez often tells him that life is short.
He is a good person, he said.
According to police, Rodriguez’s roommate reported last seeing him on July 10, and friends said a social media post by Rodriguez on July 11 showed a kayak on a beach. The sea appears to be near Nugget Falls, located in the recreation area and along the lake. .
A kayak was found floating in the lake on July 11 that police believe resembles the one in Rodriguez’s post. When authorities put the pieces together, a search was conducted.