SF man missing while kayaking in Clear Lake found dead after four days of search

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Authorities found the body of a man on the shore of Clear Lake Thursday, four days after he was reported missing on a solo kayaking trip, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, identified as Dylan Flanagan, was last seen kayaking on Clear Lake on Sunday afternoon before authorities searched for him for four days after his girlfriend reported him missing more late in the day, according to the sheriff’s office.

Flanagan, 28, was from San Francisco and was celebrating a job promotion and his birthday while staying at a vacation rental near Clearlake Oaks when he went kayaking alone on the lake on Sunday in conditions windy with high waves, the Lake County News reported.

The sheriff’s office was unable to confirm the man’s whereabouts at The Chronicle on Saturday afternoon, but social media profiles indicated Flanagan was from San Francisco.

Flanagan’s girlfriend was last able to reach him on his phone shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday when he told her he was fine, authorities said. She reported her missing later that night after subsequent calls went unanswered and no one else heard from Flanagan.

The next day, a search team found a dark green kayak near Widgeon Bay, believed to be the one Flanagan used when he went missing. A Cal Fire team found Flanagan’s body on the shore of Clear Lake near Olson Road in Clearlake Oaks at around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy was scheduled for the coming week. According to the Lake County News, five deaths have been reported in Clear Lake this year, including four off the shores of Clearlake Oaks.

Ricardo Cano is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: ricardo.cano@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ByRicardoCano



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