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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.


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.


Two bodies found in search for three kayakers

Police, HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer are currently involved in searches after concerns were raised for three men who went kayaking in the River Tyne, in Northumberland on May 11.

The men, from South Shields, failed to return home after going kayaking in Hexham.

Two bodies were discovered in the river at Riding Mill by RAF Boulmer.

Overnight searches have been carried out. Officers found one of the missing men's vehicles at Tyne Green, near to Hexham Rowing Club. A second vehicle was found a few hours later at Wylam train station car park.

"Our searches of the area are continuing today with assistance from the HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer.

"Anyone who sees anything or has any information they think would assist with our searches should contact us."

– Superintendent Steve Howes, from Northumberland Area Command
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