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Coroner: Body found near Botany Bay is missing Charleston kayaker

Dean Britt (Source: Facebook) Dean Britt (Source: Facebook)
Members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin retrieve a kayak approximately four miles off the coast of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, during a search for two overdue kayakers Sunday. (Source: Coast Guard) Members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin retrieve a kayak approximately four miles off the coast of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, during a search for two overdue kayakers Sunday. (Source: Coast Guard)
The gate to the Botany Bay Wildlife Preserve was closed off to all traffic Sunday night. (Source: Live 5) The gate to the Botany Bay Wildlife Preserve was closed off to all traffic Sunday night. (Source: Live 5)
Botany Bay is a wildlife preserve on Edisto Island near the Charleston-Colleton County line. (Source: Live 5) Botany Bay is a wildlife preserve on Edisto Island near the Charleston-Colleton County line. (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The Charleston County Coroner's Office says a body that was recovered near Botany Bay is of a missing kayaker. 

Authorities identified the body on Monday as 20-year-old Dean Britt of Charleston.

Britt's body was recovered Sunday night. 

His death has been ruled as an accidental drowning. 

Deputies responded near Botany Bay after someone called 911 about a body that had been spotted in the water, dispatchers said.

The sheriff's office dive team remained on the scene until about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Maj. Eric Watson.

The recovered body was then turned over to the coroner's office. 

The search for Britt began on April 10 when a kayak belonging to Britt was found about two miles from the spot where a second missing kayaker, 21-year-old Logan Brown, was found alive off the coast of Kiawah Island.

Coast Guard search efforts covered more than 2,800 square miles in cooperation with more than 15 state and local agencies.

The kayakers originally went missing in the area between Folly Island and Morris Island Lighthouse South Carolina after they left Folly Beach with plans to kayak to Morris Island Lighthouse. 

Both had been expected back before sunset. 

A friend of the kayakers notified watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center they had not returned. 

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