River Avon death: Man dies in canoeing accident


A man in his 40s has died in a canoeing accident on the River Avon between Bristol and Bath.

Emergency services were called to the river near Swineford lock on Saturday afternoon following reports of canoeists in the water.

An Avon Fire and Rescue spokesman said two canoes had overturned on the approach to the weir.

He said two men got to the bank and one was helped out by firefighters who later recovered a fourth man.

Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the matter had been referred to the coroner as a "sudden death".

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said a boat crew, swift water rescue crew, two support appliances and a fire officer attended.

"Unfortunately the casualty we had went downstream," he said.

"The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) got him to the bank side and were working to save his life but he died shortly afterwards."

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