Rescued canoeist dies

A canoeist who was rescued from a swollen river yesterday in County Durham has died.

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Retired soldier dies in canoe accident

Durham Police have named a canoeist who died after his boat capsized in the River Tees at the weekend.

Retired Colonel Andrew Pullan, from Barnard Castle, was pulled under the water at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle shortly after 2pm on Saturday.

The 47-year-old was pulled from the river by his instructor and given first aid, initially by members of the public and fellow canoeists then by one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died on Sunday morning.

Colonel Pullan commanded 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment between 2006-2008 and had recently retired from the Army.

He leaves a widow, Mel and two children Ben and Hanna.

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