A body found Thursday in northern Nova Scotia is that of a kayaker who went missing late Wednesday, the RCMP confirmed.

The body was found by RCMP and ground search teams on a small island at the mouth of the Bass River where it enters the Minas Basin.

The Springhill man, 31, was kayaking with three other men when his kayak plunged over a waterfall, the RCMP said.

"These four gentlemen, from my understanding, are very experienced kayakers and adventure seekers," said RCMP Sgt. Al Affleck. "They've done this before … this is not something that the normal Joe would do — get out in a boat or a kayak and attempt to venture on this river with the water level the way it was. These gentlemen knew what they were doing, and I'm assuming they knew the risk involved. It's just unfortunate that this accident happened and it ended this way."

The group had decided to walk around a tiered waterfall when one of the men lost control of his kayak. It flipped and went over the waterfall.

River conditions are treacherous with rapids, steep cliffs, fog, ice walls and many obstacles.