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Three kayakers found dead in a river in Northumberland were today named by police as brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley
Three kayakers from the same family have been found dead in a river in Northumberland after a major search and rescue operation were launched last night.
Police, fire crews and the RAF were drafted in to search for three kayakers who were reported missing late last night.
It is understood a third body has been found in the search for a missing kayaker.
The men, two brothers and a cousin, all from South Shields, had gone out on the River Tyne yesterday (May 11).
Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward of Northumbria police says they had kayaked on the Tyne before.
Two vehicles belonging to missing kayakers on the River Tyne were found early this morning just hours before two bodies were found.
Two kayaks have also been recovered after a the group of three kayakers from the South Shields area of South Tyneside went missing.
Formal identification of the two bodies is yet to take place and searches are continuing for the third missing kayaker.