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."
More top news
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.
The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a Government report that says soliciting sex workers should be decriminalised