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.
– Stephen Baird-Parker, father of Matthew Baird-Parker
"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."