Live: Storm Caroline claims first victim as young canoeist is killed on river after Britain is battered by 'life-threatening' 116mph winds

Man dies in canoeing accident on “treacherous” river

A young man was killed today after his canoe flipped upside down in Dartmoor.

Police said the body of victim, a man in his 20s, was recovered from the water at 1.30pm after his kayak was upturned more three hours previously.

The man was in a party of five or six people kayaking on the river between Dartmeet and Newbridge.

Investigators said they did not know if Storm Caroline was a factor in the death but did say the river “appeared treacherous”, Devon Live reports.

Devon Police Inspector Si Jenkinson said: “Our log came in shortly after 9am that a male in his 20s has been upturned in a kayak.

“It appears it flipped upside down and the water forced the person under the bank by a tree.

“The call also went to the ambulance service, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and fire service.

“We were on scene fairly quickly, but realised specialist equipment was needed. They had great difficulty in getting him out.

“I understand he was in that position for three hours before getting him out, so we knew, sadly that it wouldn’t be a successful outcome.

“The water was fast flowing,” he added. “The river is full. It appeared treacherous to me. It appears quite rough in places. Whether that was a factor, I don’t know.

“It appears the party had come to take part in an adventure excursion. We’re actively seeking next of kin.”

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