Stoke & Staffordshire

Woman canoeist dies during trip on River Dane

A woman has died after going missing while canoeing with two friends on a river on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border.

Emergency services were called to the River Dane, near Gradbach, Buxton, at about 1430 BST on Sunday.

The woman, thought to be 33 and from Macclesfield, Cheshire, was found in the water about a quarter of a mile down river an hour later.

Attempts to save her failed and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

'Strong current'

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "It appears two males and a female were planning to transverse the River Dane in canoes when the female's canoe overturned.

"She was unfortunately carried down the river due to the strong current."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "The woman had reportedly been canoeing on the River Dane with friends when the incident happened.

"Staff from ambulance, fire and rescue, police and mountain rescue services worked together on scene to help locate [her]."

Rescue boats and a police helicopter with a thermal imaging camera were also used in the search, they added.

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and fellow emergency service personnel, nothing could be done to save the woman."

The rescue mission also involved ambulance crews from a neighbouring county as well as fire and rescue services and police from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire.