Hereford & Worcester

Canoeist dies in River Teme accident

A man who died on the River Teme in north Herefordshire has been named by a canoe club as 48-year-old Steve Wall from Ludlow.

Emergency services were called at 09:40 GMT on 2 January after the canoeist was spotted struggling at Forge Bridge, near Downton on the Rock.

A water rescue crew recovered Mr Wall from the weir under the bridge.

Attempts were made to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

West Mercia police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

'Extended family'

Mr Wall, who leaves a wife and daughter, was a member of the Wyre Forest Canoe Club, based in Bewdley.

Another canoeist and member of the same club, 49-year-old Dave Smith, from Stourbridge, died in an incident in Cornwall on New Year's Day.

Eric Buchan, from the club, said he and other members were still trying to come to terms with the "tragic loss" of Mr Smith when they heard the news of Mr Wall's death.

Both men were on private trips not linked to the club.

Mr Buchan added Mr Smith and Mr Wall were experienced canoeists who had qualified as coaches.

He described the club as "like an extended family" and that both men would be missed.

"Both guys always had a smile for you and lived life to the full," he said.

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