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.
Calls to repair the ancient walls of Barnard Castle in County Durham have been met with indecision from three different parties. Local resident Gary Marshal launched an appeal to save the building from crumbling away. Part of it collapsed four years ago.
But an argument is rumbling on between Raby Estates, English Heritage and Durham County Council over who is responsible. Gary Marshall warned:
"The walls are in a state of disrepair and there is going to be an accident where people could get seriously hurt. With the next decent rainfall, there is going to be a slip and it will take a couple of trees with it.”
– Gary Marshal, campaigner
English Heritage maintains other parts of the castle site, but not the Bridgegate side.