The body of Ralph Taylor was recovered from the shoals area of the river about 9:30 a.m. Sunday by members of the Richmond County Water Rescue dive team.
Cpl. Ben Payne of DNR’s Law Enforcement Division said Taylor and two companions launched their kayaks in the river Saturday afternoon below Savannah Rapids Pavilion and the Augusta Canal headgates.
As they traveled downstream through the shoals, Taylor became separated from his companions, who were experienced kayakers and had decided to paddle the South Carolina side of an island to take advantage of more challenging rapids.
Taylor paddled toward the Georgia side of the island, where he is believed to have drowned.
He was not wearing a life jacket, authorities said.