Kicker confirmed his death after hours of searching in western Sydney

A witness saw and heard a man screaming for help in the river at Yaramundi before disappearing underwater around 1.20pm on Thursday.

Emergency services were called and immediately began searching for the 36-year-old.

The search involved local officers, a police helicopter, state emergency service volunteers and Fire and Rescue NSW.

An overturned kayak was found shortly after the rescue effort began and police divers found the man’s body shortly after 6 p.m.

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