Professor Drowns in Kayaking Accident

Professor Drowns in Kayaking Accident

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(Red River-AP) -- Idaho County Sheriff's deputies struggled with difficult terrain to recover the body of a Utah professor drowned in a kayaking accident Thursday.

Because of the remote location where 45-year-old Micael Perkins, of Provo, Utah, was reported to have drowned, deputies couldn't get there until yesterday morning.

A Forest Service helicopter was borrowed from one of the fires in the Red River area to help police find and remove the body.

Perkins was a former reporter for the Deseret News and Albuquerque Journal and served as the chairman of Brigham Young University's communications department.

He had also held teaching positions at the University of New Mexico, Drake University in Iowa and had been recently named as head of the media law division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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