TWO bodies were recovered this morning in the search for the missing South Shields kayakers, but the search is continuing for the third.
The trio failed to return home from a trip to the Tyne Valley yesterday, and a search began at 11pm last night.
One of the missing men’s vehicles was found at Tyne Green, near to Hexham Rowing Club, just before 1.15am today.
A second vehicle belonging to them was found a few hours later, at 4.10am, at Wylam railway station car park.
Two kayaks have also been recovered from the group, who were from the South Shields area of South Tyneside.
A green kayak could be seen on the side of the river at Riding Mill pumping station as water thundered through the weir.
Flying low over the river, a Sea King helicopter was searching for the group in the area.
Landing in a nearby field, rescue teams studied maps of the scene as they carried out the search.