Body of missing kayaker recovered in Nissequogue River

KINGS PARK - The U.S. Coast Guard says search crews have recovered the body of an NYPD officer whose kayak capsized yesterday in the Nissequogue River.

The body of Patrick Luca, 41, was found today near the river's mouth. Police say he wasn't wearing a life vest when he was found.

Authorities say Luca's 5-year-old son was pulled to safety from Smithtown Bay, where he was spotted by a private fishing boat. He was wearing a life jacket and is expected to be OK.

Police say the child told them that he saw how his father slipped into the water from their inflatable kayak and did not resurface.

Police say Luca's body was recovered about 100 yards from where his son was found bobbing in the water yesterday.

Authorities say the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

To watch Chopper 12 footage of the water search, tune to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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