Man pulled from Russian River in Healdsburg identified

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A man who was pronounced dead after his body was pulled out of the Russian River over the weekend was identified Tuesday as a 62-year-old Pacifica resident, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said.

Gennady Liubimsky was spotted by a kayaker about 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Russian River, upriver from Healdsburg’s Veterans Memorial Beach, authorities said. He was clinging to a bucket and unresponsive, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Kayakers started bringing his body to shore and were helped by arriving emergency personnel.

Officials said Liubimsky had apparently already died before the kayakers found him. They suspect he entered the river from a trail leading from Badger Park. Law enforcement officers found his vehicle in the park parking lot.

A medical examination is pending.

The area is around a 90-degree bend in the river upstream from Memorial Beach.

You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 521-5220 or julie.johnson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @jjpressdem.

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