Kayaker dies in North Yorkshire

A kayaker has been declared dead after getting into difficulties on the Arkle Beck at Reeth, near Leyburn.

Full Report: Kayaker dies in North Yorkshire

A kayaker who died when he got into difficulties in a swollen river has been named as Matthew Baird-Parker. His family say that he was active, and full of life.

He became tangled up in a tree yesterday afternoon on the River Arkle, near Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dozens of local volunteers went out to try and rescue him.

Watch the full report from Lucy Taylor below.

Father pays tribute to "action man who loved life"

The father of a man killed in a canoeing accident in North Yorkshire has paid tribute to his son and spoken about receiving the devastating news.

Stephen Baird-Parker described his son's love for life and how he had been an expert kayaker.

"I have one daughter and one son. You don't expect news like this.

I heard about it last night when a policeman came to the door.

The emergency services worked very hard to save him. I can only praise them for what they did. They did a wonderful job.

He was a expert kayaker.

He was an action man who loved life and whatever he did."

– Stephen Baird-Parker, father of Matthew Baird-Parker

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Man named after canoeing accident

Police have named a man who died after a canoeing accident on the Arkle Beck near Reeth as Matthew Stephen Baird-Parker.

The 36-year old, originally from the Heckmondwike area of West Yorkshire, had been canoeing with friends on Sunday when he got into difficulties on the beck near Leyburn.

He was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance, but was then pronounced dead at the hospital.

Kayaker's death "not suspicious"

Police are treating the death of a kayaker, who died after getting into difficulties in the Arkle Beck at Reeth, as an accident.

The air ambulance attended the scene yesterday Credit: ITV News

North Yorkshire Police, the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, a RAF air support unit and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were involved in the search to find the man yesterday afternoon.

The air ambulance attended the scene yesterday Credit: ITV News

The man was found in the Beck and taken by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Canoeist dies near Leyburn

A canoeist has been declared dead after being rescued from the Arkle Beck at Reeth, near Leyburn. North Yorkshire Police say they were called shortly after 1pm following reports that the man, who was canoeing with friends, had got into difficulties on the Beck.

A search was conducted by police, members of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and an RAF air support unit. The man was found in the Beck and taken by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say there appear to be no suspicious circumstances and are treating the death as an accident. They have not released details of the man's identity yet.