The Sacramento Fire Department said the kayaker capsized north of the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers and floated down the river for about a quarter of a mile parallel to Garden Highway.
Dock workers on the marina tried to throw a ring to the man three times, but witnesses said he couldn’t swim to it. A person got on a pontoon boat and the water rescue met the man in the water. The fire department pulled the man out of the water but he wasn’t responsive.
The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but Sacramento Fire Department confirmed the 50-year-old kayaker died Sunday night.
Officials said he was not wearing a life jacket.