Recovery efforts underway after kayaker flips at Dale Hollow Lake

(Courtesy: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

CELINA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Recovery efforts were underway Monday at Dale Hollow Lake after a woman flipped her kayak over the weekend.

Officials said Christina Esparza and her 17-year-old son left the Cedar Hill boat ramp with their inflatable kayaks just before noon Sunday.

Both were at least 100 yards from shore in water depths that varied between 60 to 120 feet.

Dock workers said the water was choppy due to high winds, and Esparza struggled to keep up with her son.

(Courtesy: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

According to a press release, the teen was maneuvering his kayak to return to his 46-year-old mother when he noticed her kayak had flipped and she was nowhere to be seen.

Dock workers called 911 and TWRA officials received the missing person report around noon.

Officials said neither Esparza nor her son was wearing a life jacket, but they did have personal flotation devices in their kayaks.

Storms cut the search near Cedar Hill Resort short on Sunday, but it resumed early Monday morning. So far Esparza has yet to be found.

Her 17-year-old was cared for by Child Protective Services until family arrived from out of state.