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Artist dives into River Wensum to rescue 'true watercolour'

Artist John Behm dived to the rescue to retrieve the artwork. Credit: Katy Jon Went

How about this for a true watercolour?

Disaster struck in Norwich when one of the artists involved in the city's open air painting competition lost his masterpiece in the River Wensum.

The painting ended up in the River Wensum. Credit: Katy Jon Went

But 62-year-old John Behm, an American artist who lives in Tasburgh, stripped down and dived to the rescue.

The Paint Out Norwich competition, founded by James Colman as part of the Hostry Festival, is now in its fifth year.

It sees dozens of artists painting across the city, including nocturnes by night at the weekend.

The judging, art awards and private view take place this week before an 11-day exhibition at Norwich Cathedral, which finishes on October 28.

John Behm rescued the painting from the Wensum. Credit: Katy Jon Went