Canoeist dies in swollen river in Yorkshire - body found after helicopter search

A canoeist has died after getting into difficulties in a swollen river, police said.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:41 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:42 pm

North Yorkshire Police said they received a report of two people who had got into difficulties in the River Ure, near West Tanfield, north of Ripon, at 11.15am on Friday.

A spokesman said one of the men managed the get out the water and a full search, which included a police helicopter, was mounted for the second.

He said the aircraft crew found the other man’s body further downstream, near the village of Nunwick.

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North Yorkshire Police said they received a report of two people who had got into difficulties in the River Ure, near West Tanfield, north of Ripon, at 11.15am on Friday.

The spokesman said: “Officers immediately attended the location with colleagues from the fire, ambulance and rescue services.

“One man had got out of the water and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Sadly, the body of another man was located by an NPAS police aircraft, in the river north-west of Nunwick.

His family have been informed.”

Rivers in the area have been rising in recent days following persistent showers.

On Friday, the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the lower River Ure, in the Ripon area.