Two bodies have been recovered as part of a search and rescue operation after three kayakers went missing last night in the UK, police said.
Emergency services were joined by the RAF and the Coastguard as they searched the River Tyne, Northumberland, after they received a call at 11pm yesterday saying the trio had failed to return home.
At just after 5.10am, a body was recovered from the river by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer and a second body was recovered from the river at just before 6.20am in the Corbridge area.
During overnight searches, one of the missing men's vehicles was found at Tyne Green, near to Hexham Rowing Club, just before 1.15am.
A second vehicle belonging to them was found a few hours later, at 4.10am, at Wylam railway station car park.
Two kayaks have also been recovered from the group, who were from the South Shields area of South Tyneside.
Superintendent Steve Howes, from Northumberland area command, said: “Our searches of the area are continuing today with assistance from the HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer.
“Anyone who sees anything or has any information they think would assist with our searches should contact us.”
Formal identification of both is yet to take place and searches are continuing this morning.
A green kayak could be seen on the side of the river at Riding Mill pumping station as water thundered through the weir.
Flying low over the river, a Sea King helicopter was searching for the group in the area. Landing in a nearby field, rescue teams studied maps of the scene as they carried out the search.