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Last Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007, 11:44 GMT
Family tribute to dead canoeist
David Thorne
The outdoors was both a job and a hobby for David Thorne
The family of a canoeist who died after capsizing in a fast-flowing river have urged people not to be put off outdoor sports by the tragedy.

David Thorne, 49, of Talybont-on-Usk, in Powys, got into difficulties while with a friend on the River Lune in Cumbria on 3 January.

A massive search and rescue operation was launched and Mr Thorne's body was recovered the following day.

His wife, Sue and children Andrew and Elen said he loved the outdoors.

A statement released by the family said: "Dave died while enjoying himself canoeing in the Lake District with a much-loved friend, who did all he could to save him when their boat capsized.

"He passionately believed that outdoor experiences and adventures are there to be enjoyed.

Fantastic efforts

"He spent most of his working life introducing young people to outdoor activities and developing in them a sense of responsibility and self-confidence.

"Dave's wife, Sue, knows that you cannot legislate against unfortunate accidents, and she hopes that his death will not dissuade people from enjoying outdoor adventures."

The outdoor instructor had been in a two-man canoe which overturned on the river at Killington, near Kendal.

His friend was able to get out of the vessel and swim to safety.

Mr Thorne's body was discovered at Treasonfield, near Barbon. It appeared that he had been unable to free himself from his canoe.

The statement added: "The family would like to thank the police and the other rescue services for the fantastic efforts they made to rescue Dave."


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