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Kayaker dies in Dartmoor after getting trapped by fallen tree

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Image caption Part of the river has been closed off while the emergency services recover the body

A kayaker has died after getting trapped under a partially submerged tree on a river in Dartmoor.

The man was with a group of four others on the River Dart between Dartmeet and Newbridge in Devon when he got trapped, park rangers said.

Part of the river was closed off while the emergency services recovered the body.

Rob Steemson, a Dartmoor National Park ranger, said the river was "roaring" when the man died.

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"The river obviously rises and falls quite quickly," he said.

"With the heavy winds as well, quite a few trees have come down overnight and unfortunately that's what's trapped this person."

Image caption The river is swollen after heavy rain

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team said they found the kayaker "still in his upturned kayak, both of which were below the water line trapped beneath a partially submerged tree".

A spokesman said the team "extend our sincere condolences to the family friends and his paddling companions".

He said his companions "were all very well equipped for the conditions and very experienced, in recovering their colleague".

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