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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Funeral for talented kayak star
Eleanor Rutter
Eleanor Rutter was swept away in a rain-swollen river
The funeral has taken place of a talented British kayaking star who died during a trip to New Zealand.

The body of Eleanor Rutter, 19, from Ripon, North Yorkshire, was found in the Crooked River on the South Island on 30 March.

It is believed she became trapped under a rock after falling out of her kayak.

The service was held at Ripon Cathedral on Friday afternoon and was described as one of "celebration and thanksgiving" for Eleanor's life.

'Proficient' canoeist

The teenager, who was a member of the Great Britain junior ladies' kayaking team, had been taking a year out before starting a medicine degree at Edinburgh University in October when the accident happened.

Police in New Zealand said Miss Rutter and a male companion, believed to be from Sweden, were swept away while kayaking on the swollen river near Rotomanu, 30 miles south-east of Greymouth.

The British Canoe Union listed some of Miss Rutter's achievements.

"Eleanor had been a member of the British Canoe Union since 2000, a member of Dales Canoe Club and was a qualified and proficient canoeist.

"She was a member of the British Canoe Union freestyle team and had represented her country at international level.

"The British Canoe Union would wish to extend its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and friends."

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