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BOWLING GREEN, KYThe kayaker who went missing around 1:30 yesterday afternoon has been found safe.

37-year-old Matthew Hopkins was kayaking on Drakes Creek with a friend when he turned back to get his keys, and was not seen or heard from until this morning.

Early this morning a family member received a call from Hopkins saying he was okay.

Officials say Hopkins capsized his kayak and was unable to get back.

Hopkins stayed in a cave overnight and once it was daylight, he went to a nearby house to call his family.

Officials say upwards of 60 people were searching for him overnight.

He was taken back to his truck in Phil Moore Park.

"It can be a very worrisome obviously for the family, as well as the volunteers that dedicate their time out here to do this. So, we're very thankful that things turned out the way they did and that he's healthy and he's going to sleep in his own bed tonight," says Dep. Chief of Warren Co. Search and Rescue, Jon Slaughter.

Hopkins was treated on the scene for hypothermia, and was transported to the Medical Center for a minor foot injury.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Authorities have found missing kayaker Matthew Hopkins this morning. Police say he is alert and awake.

Officials say Hopkins boat capsized, he crawled up an embankment, and found a cave to stay in overnight.

This morning he made his way to a house, and the resident drove Hopkins back to his truck.

He was being treated at the scene but is now being taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries.

He went missing Tuesday afternoon after a kayaking trip on Drakes Creek.

We have a reporter on the scene and will bring more updates as it becomes available.


BOWLING GREEN, KY --A Bowling Green man has gone missing during a kayaking trip on Drakes Creek.

37-year-old Matthew Hopkins was last seen around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

A friend who was kayaking with Hopkins says he forgot his keys in the truck and turned back to get them.

The friend followed far behind Hopkins, but never caught up with him, and never saw his kayak.

But, those who know Hopkins say he's used to being outdoors.

"I know Matt likes to camp, he likes to go out hiking that kind of thing, he really enjoys the outdoors. I don't know how much experiences he has with kayaking. I think that's something that's relatively new," says friend, Teresa Cash.

Hopkins was wearing a gray cut-off t-shirt with a pocket on the left and long camo cargo shorts.

He is 6' tall, and weighs 260 pounds.

He is a white man with red-blonde hair and a tribal tattoo on his right arm.

If you have any information please call the Warren County Sheriff's Office at 843-1633.

Alvaton and Plano Volunteer Fire Departments Assisted the Sheriff's Office on the scene.

Warren County Search and Rescue and Emergency Management were also on scene.


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