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Louisville man drowns trying to save girlfriend while kayaking

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Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 08:44:14-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — In Louisville, investigators said a man drowned trying to save his girlfriend as they kayaked on the Ohio River.

The trouble started around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday when three kayakers, all from Oldham County, headed back to shore.

Officials said the woman's kayak hit a wave and turned over. So her boyfriend, 28-year-old Travis Hughes, tried to help, but his kayak capsized too.

His body was found about three hours later.

His girlfriend swam to an island and wasn't hurt.