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Loved ones remember paddling accident victims

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Close friends and family members of fallen paddlers Ryan Cepeda and Kayleen Mendiola paid tribute to them today at Matapang Beach in Tumon. On Sunday, the two were of several who were overturned by rough waters.

President of the Marianas Paddlesports Racing Association Jeff Nantin says the paddling community came together to plan this memorial ceremony. He says both Ryan and Kayleen's paddles were placed in a canoe. He described, "Ryan was in seat number two, and Kayleen was seat number four. We just had leis on the paddles and presented them to the families. The families released the leis into the ocean.

"All the other paddlers did a flower drop as well and all the flowers were drifted off by the current. Because if you look at the current, it pulls out towards this way and out through the channel in which they were swept out during that day."

The groups sang hymns in memory of the two paddlers and embraced each other. Nantin says the paddling community is devastated about the incident, and offers their condolences to the families.

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