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Douglas Tompkins who co-founded outdoor equipment giant The North Face and Esprit co-founder has died from severe hypothermia in a kayaking accident in Chile, according to authorities.
Chile’s authorities said that strong waves on General Carrerra Lake caused the 72 year-old conservationist and his companion’s kayaks to capsize. A military patrol boat and helicopter rescued the six boaters but Tompkins was in the water “lengthy period,” before being pulled out.
“We are all deeply saddened by the news of Doug Tompkins’ passing. Doug was special to many of us,” The North Face said in a statement. “He was a passionate advocate for the environment, and his legacy of conservation is one that we hope to help continue in the work we do every day.”
Tompkins who was living in the region for the last 25 years, was working with governments in Chile and Argentina, lobbying for creation of national parks and fighting plans for hydroelectric dams that would tame the regions wild rivers.
Source: TheStar.com, USAToday.com/Image: i.guim.co.uk