THE inquest into the deaths of three South Tyneside men who died in a kayaking tragedy is to open tomorrow, police have revealed.
The hearing on Darren Thorpe, his brother Mark and their cousin Gavin Bradley will be opened and adjourned at North Shields Coroner’s Office.
Darren, 41, of Madeira Terrace, Westoe, South Shields, Mark, 39, of Froude Avenue, Biddick Hall, and Gavin, 36, of Lulworth Avenue, Jarrow, died at the weekend during an outdoor venture on the Tyne between Hexham and Wylam.
The alarm was raised on Sunday night when the men failed to return home, and a 15-hour search and rescue operation involving police, the Coastguard and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer ended with the grim discovery of their bodies at different locations along the river in the Corbridge and Riding Mill areas.
Kayaks belonging to the men were also recovered, and their vehicles found at Hexham and Wylam.