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Kayaker dies in river incident

A man has died following a kayaking accident on the River Avon, police said.

The incident happened at Swineford Lock near Bitton, south Gloucestershire, at about 2.20pm yesterday.

Fire, police and paramedics attended the scene where four kayakers were in the water.

Three of the men managed to escape but a fourth, a man in his 40s, was swept downstream.

He died shortly after being pulled out of the river near the Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the matter had been referred to the coroner as a "sudden death".

He added: "Police attended Swineford Lock near Bitton at about 2.20 yesterday afternoon.

"There were four people involved, in kayaks. Three managed to get out of the water and another man was trapped.

"He was later pulled out and given first aid by paramedics on the riverside but was pronounced dead shortly after."

A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said a boat crew, swiftwater rescue crew, two support appliances and a fire officer attended the incident.

"Unfortunately the casualty we had went downstream," he said. " The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) got him to the bank side and were working to save his life but he died shortly afterwards."

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