Kayaker deaths: Inquest to conclude

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Brothers Darren (left) and Mark Thorpe (right) and their cousin Gavin Bradley died while kayaking on the River Tyne near Hexham, Northumberland (PA/Northumbria Police) Brothers Darren (left) and Mark Thorpe (right) and their cousin Gavin Bradley died while kayaking on the River Tyne near Hexham, Northumberland (PA/Northumbria Police)

The inquest into the deaths of three kayakers from the same family who drowned in a river will conclude today.

Brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley had been out for a day on the River Tyne, near Hexham, Northumberland, but tragically did not return home.

A major search operation involving police, fire, the RAF, Coastguard and search specialists was launched after Darren, 41, Mark, 39, and their 36-year-old cousin were reported missing.

Their bodies were found in separate locations in the Tyne the next day.

At a previous hearing the coroner for North Tyneside and South Northumberland Eric Armstrong said they were all "relatively inexperienced".

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