Kayaker dies in North Yorkshire

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

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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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