Canoeist dies while out on Ullswater Lake in Cumbria

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Police car by side of Ullswater
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An investigation into the Ullswater death is now under way

A canoeist has died after getting into difficulties while on Ullswater in the Lake District.

The man, in his 20s who is not thought to be local, was recovered from the water near Glenridding after the alarm was raised early on Wednesday.

A friend in the two-man racing kayak also got into difficulties, but managed to make his way to the shore.

Cumbria Police said the injured man had been pronounced dead on arrival at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

A spokeswoman said an investigation was under way in an effort to discover how the men ended up in the water.

She said: "We were informed by the ambulance service that they had received a call stating that a man had gone into the water while canoeing on Ullswater lake.

"Police, mountain rescue teams, the coastguard, RAF and air ambulance attended the scene.

"A man, who is not believed to be local and aged in his 20s, was recovered from the water between Glenridding and Watermillock and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"A second man, also in his 20s, who is believed to have been canoeing with the first casualty, managed to get out of the water.

"He has been taken to Penrith hospital by ambulance for a check up."

Ullswater is one of the Lake District national park's most popular attractions.

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