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Kayak guide dies while trying to rescue client in Yellowstone Lake

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. -

A kayak guide from Salt Lake City, Utah died while attempting to rescue a client who capsized on Yellowstone Lake on Wednesday.

Timothy Hayden Ryan Conant, 23, was one of three guides leading a kayaking group with nine clients, according to a press release.

Rangers responded to the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake in a patrol boat and found Conant in the water.

He was brought on board and CPR was started while in route to the dock.

It was continued as he was transported via ambulance about a half mile to the helipad at Grant Village.

A Life Flight had landed to assist, but Conant was pronounced dead before take off.

"Out hearts are with the Conant family after this terrible loss," said Superintendent Dan Wenk.

The client Conant was attempting to save was rescued by other guides and brought to shore before rangers arrived.

The client was transported to the park clinic and treated for hypothermia.

The incident is still under investigation.

Conant worked as a guide for Oars, based out of Angel Camp, Cali.

Oars has offered non-motorized boat tours in Yellowstone under permit since 1996.

This was Conant's first season working for Oars.

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