Body of male canoeist recovered

The body of a Delta man who drowned in an April canoeing accident was recovered on Sunday.

Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor said the body of Tyler Korthuis, 21, was pulled from the bottom of Crawford Reservoir around noon.

A team of private recovery experts, Idaho residents Gene and Sandy Ralston, worked with sonar on a boat to find the body in about 60 feet of water. The family of the drowned man hired the recovery team.

Beckie Korthuis was standing at the north shore of Crawford Reservoir when her son’s body was raised.

“It’s a huge weight lifted off our shoulders,” she said.

The Korthuis family held a memorial service for their son on April 25 in Delta.

Tyler Korthuis and a friend, Stacy Bjerk, 22, were in a canoe that capsized in strong wind the afternoon of April 15, authorities have said. Bjerk swam to shore and contacted other boaters for help.

A 2005 graduate of Delta High School, Tyler Korthuis had worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and had recently purchased his own boat. He’d been in town to visit family just a few days before the April 15 accident.

Beckie Korthuis said her son’s ashes will go back to Alaska, where her husband plans to continue operating Tyler’s fishing business.

“He loved Alaska more than anything, aside from his family,” she said.


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