Tributes to Yorkshire river death canoeist

Tributes have been paid to a canoeist from Heckmondwike, in West Yorkshire, who died after he was pulled from a swollen river in Reeth, North Yorkshire, on Sunday.

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Canoeist dies after being pulled from Yorkshire river

A canoeist who was pulled from a swollen river near Reeth, North Yorkshire today has died, the Great North Air Ambulance Service said. A spokesman confirmed the man, who was in his 30s, died "despite efforts to save him."

It is believed the canoeist became trapped in debris in the River Arkle, in Arkengarthdale, near Reeth. Firemen went into the water to fix a line to the kayak. The river had been swollen by melt water from the overnight thaw and heavy rain. It is known as a popular and challenging area by kayakers.

"This was a large-scale rescue effort involving police, fire, RAF and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team. Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, the man was later pronounced dead. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

– Spokesman Great North Air Ambulance.

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