Missing kayaker

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers search Thursday for a missing kayaker last seen near Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord.

CONCORD — The body of a kayaker who went missing was recovered around 2:30 p.m. Friday in about 9 feet of water about a third of a mile from where he was last seen, said Fish and Game Sgt. Geoffrey Pushee.

Fish and Game officials identified the victim as Alec Bronchuk, 20, of Merrimack.

First responders also identified Bronchuk’s brother, Sean Donahue, 24, who had survived when his kayak capsized as well.

On Thursday, an early-morning kayak trip turned catastrophic when the brothers’ kayaks capsized. Donahue made it to the riverbank on his own, but search teams spent the day looking for Bronchuck without success.

By 5 p.m., rescuers said there was little chance of the kayaker’s survival in the chilly river waters, which got even colder with Thursday’s rain.

The search for the victim’s body wrapped up early Thursday evening and officials said they would resume it on Friday.

Concord Fire Chief Daniel Andrus said the two men set out around 7 a.m. from the Sewalls Falls recreation area near the bridge. “They traveled a very short distance downstream and both kayaks capsized,” he said.