The family of a kayaker who died after getting into difficulties in a swollen river have said he "loved" the water.
Matthew Baird-Parker was pulled from Arkle Beck at Reeth, North Yorkshire, on Sunday by firefighters but died later in hospital.
The 36-year-old, from Kidderminster, had become trapped in debris.
Mr Baird-Parker's father, Stephen, said his son had been "full of life" and praised the emergency services who had tried to save him.
"If there was a way you could wish to die then he would have wanted to die doing this. He was exceptionally good at it and it is all he wanted to do."
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