The body of an American kayaker who was missing, presumed drowned, on the Waikaia river was recovered at 4.30pm on Wednesday 17 January. Dennis Squires set out with a Japanese partner on the Canton Bridge to Piano Flat section on Saturday 13. Squires failed to catch up with his companion below a drop. His body was recovered from underneath a tree where it was entrapped deep below the water. Squires was an experienced paddler with several guidebooks to his credit. The Upper Waikaia is a steep and challenging run. Maritime NZ is investigating with the assistance of NZRCA Safety Officer Glenn Murdoch.