School officials: Kayaker rescued on James River has died

School officials: Kayaker rescued on James River has died
The James River was at flood stage Monday after a weekend of heavy rain. (Source: NBC12)

A kayaker rescued on the James River Monday afternoon has died, Trinity Episcopal School officials confirmed.

Christian Wood was a senior at the private school, officials said in an email on Thursday.

Wood's friend was able to get him out of the water and began CPR as Richmond fire officials arrived on the scene near Belle Isle.

The river was above flood stage and Wood had overturned and was caught in the current.

Wood was taken to a hospital where he had regained a pulse, according to fire officials. He later died, according to Trinity Episcopal School officials.

The school released a statement about Wood's death:

The hearts of the Trinity community go out to the Wood family during this time of unimaginable difficulty. Our school is in a period of mourning, as we process this loss. We have provided counseling resources to any students seeking emotional support, and have communicated to parents that those resources are available. It is at times of intense emotion that our community is strengthened. I know that we will support our grieving students, parents, teachers, staff and broader community in the days and weeks to come.

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