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The Latest: Authorities confirm identity of deceased kayaker

SOMERSET, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Pennsylvania man while kayaking on Lake Ontario in New York with his twin brother and a friend (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Authorities have released the name of the man who died while kayaking off New York’s Lake Ontario with his twin brother and a friend.

Maj. Patrick Moriarty of the state park police said Wednesday that 21-year-old Jacob McCormick’s body was recovered Tuesday morning by a U.S. Coast Guard crew.

His twin brother, Nathaniel McCormick, and 18-year-old Joseph Williams made it to shore in Orleans County after spending about 17 hours in the water after their kayaks capsized.

Police say all three men from the Altoona, Pennsylvania, area were wearing life jackets when they launched their kayaks from a state park Monday morning. Authorities say the kayaks apparently all capsized amid waves reaching 6 feet (1.8 meters) or more.

The pastor of the men’s Altoona church had earlier confirmed their identities.

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11:20 a.m.

The pastor at a Pennsylvania church says a member of his congregation was the young man whose body was found off New York’s Lake Ontario shore after a kayaking trip with his twin brother and a friend.

Authorities haven’t released the men’s names, but Pastor Ronald Anderson of the Calvary Baptist Church, in Altoona, says Wednesday that the deceased man is 21-year-old Jacob McCormick.

Police in Niagara County say two 21-year-old men and an 18-year-old friend set out in separate kayaks from a state park late Monday morning. When the men didn’t return and lake conditions worsened, relatives contacted police.

The U.S. Coast Guard and police searched the water and shoreline. Anderson says the body found offshore Tuesday morning was Jacob’s. His brother, Nathaniel, and Joseph Williams made it to shore safely earlier that morning.

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