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‘River which claimed kayakers’ lives is safe - apart from danger stretch’

Riding Mill Pumping station on the River Tyne

Riding Mill Pumping station on the River Tyne

THE area where two South Shields men lost their lives after going kayaking is a popular place for canoeists - an expert has said.

The alarm was raised at 11pm and at just after 5.10am, a body was recovered from the river at Riding Mill by RAF Boulmer.

A second body was recovered from the river by RAF Boulmer at just before 6.20am in the Corbridge area.

Searches are continuing for a third man who is yet to be found.

Experienced canoeist Allen Wearmouth, a British Canoe Union coach, said he knows the river around the area well.

He said: “It is a safe river. It has grade one rapids, which is the lowest grading. Even with the heavy rain it wouldn’t have made that particular stretch dangerous.

“There is a part which is particularly dangerous, the man-made weir, and it may have been they ran into difficulty there.”

 
 
 

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