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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Inexperienced canoeists

THREE canoeists who died in the River Tyne were “relatively inexperienced” in the sport, a coroner has said.

Speaking at the opening of the inquest into the three deaths, South Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong said the family men had only recently taken up the sport in their spare time and were not members of any clubs.

Brother Darren and Mark Thorpe, of South Shields, and their cousin Gavin Bradley, of Jarrow, were attempting to paddle from Hexham to Wylam on Sunday, May 11, when they died.

Mr Armstrong said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths and nothing to suggest any third party involvement.

The cause of death in each case was drowning.

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