Two bodies pulled from river Tyne after kayaking tragedy

Two bodies have been recovered from the River Tyne after a kayaking trip ended in tragedy – and the search continues for a third man.

The alarm was raised at 11pm on Sunday, May 11, after the three men failed to return to their South Shields homes after going kayaking in the Hexham area.

Northumbria Police, HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer carried out overnight searches, finding one of the missing men’s vehicles at Tyne Green, near to Hexham Rowing Club, just before 1.15am this morning (Monday).

A second vehicle was found a few hours later at Wylam train station car park.

Two kayaks were also recovered during the searches.

A body was recovered from the river at Riding Mill by RAF Boulmer just after 5.10am and a second body was recovered in the Corbridge area just before 6.20am.

A police spokesperson said that formal identification is yet to take place while searches continue this morning.

Superintendent Steve Howes, from Northumberland Area Command, said: “Our searches of the area are continuing today with assistance from the HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer.

“Anyone who sees anything or has any information they think would assist with our searches should contact us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1271 11/05/14.