Coroner: Kayakers were "relatively inexperienced"

Three kayakers from the same family who drowned in the River Tyne were “relatively inexperienced” in the sport, a coroner has said. Inquests were opened into the deaths of brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley.

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Inquests into kayakers’ deaths get underway

Inquests into the deaths of three men who died while kayaking in the River Tyne have begun.

Darren Thorpe, 41, his brother Mark Thorpe, 39, and their 36-year-old cousin Gavin Bradley set off from their homes in South Tyneside at around 9am last Sunday (11 May).

A major search operation was launched and the three bodies were found in separate locations in the Tyne the next day.

At a hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes, the coroner said the men had told their partners they would be kayaking in the Hexham area.

All three inquests were adjourned provisionally until July 10.

It would appear the three recently took it up as a sport in their spare time… They were, it would seem, relatively inexperienced and not attached to a club.

“At this stage there are no suspicious circumstances and nothing to suggest any third party involvement.”

– Eric Armstrong, Coroner for North Tyneside & South Northumberland

Coroner: Kayakers were "relatively inexperienced"

From left to right: brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley.

Three kayakers from the same family who drowned in the River Tyne were “relatively inexperienced” in the sport, a coroner has said.

Inquests were opened into the deaths of brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley.

Darren, 41, Mark, 39 and their 36-year-old cousin set off from their homes in South Tyneside at around 9am last Sunday (11 May) and were due to return to their wives at 7pm.

Kerry Thorpe, Mark's wife, raised the alarm at 11pm when the men did not come home.

A major search operation was launched and the three bodies were found in separate locations in the Tyne the next day.

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Photographs of kayakers who died in Tyne released

Darren and Mark Thorpe and Gavin Bradley all died while kayaking in the Tyne

Photographs have been released of three kayakers who died in the river Tyne in Northumberland.

41-year-old Darren Thorpe, his 39-year-old brother Mark, and cousin Gavin Bradley, failed to return home on Sunday after a day on the water near Hexham.

All three were from the South Tyneside area.

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Tyne kayak deaths: confirmation of third body recovered

Police can confirm a third body has now been discovered in the River Tyne in the search for a family of kayakers from South Shields.

The body was located by officers under the Broomhaugh A68 bridge. The three me were two brothers aged 41 and 40 and their cousin, aged 36.

They failed to return home from a kayaking trip on the River Tyne in Northumberland yesterday.

Formal identification on the three bodies is still to take place, however, it is believed they are the bodies of the three missing kayakers.

Enquiries will continue into the circumstances leading to the deaths and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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