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Tourist dies at island waterfall

Bataan in the Philippines

A British tourist has drowned while swimming at a popular tourist spot in the Philippines.

Artist Richard Kidd, from Gateshead was visiting Bataan's Dunsulan Falls when he was swept away by a strong current.

The 56-year-old was visiting the waterfall with his British girlfriend and her father, who are residents of Bataan, the Foreign Office said.

Geoffrey Kidd, 52, said his brother was a "born artist" whose two daughters "were everything to him".

Police said Mr Kidd was in the country to paint a luxury ship when he died on Saturday.

He was swept away as he swam alone below the waterfall, which was swollen with rain.

'Adventurous person'

Mr Kidd was a successful artist and author of several children's books.

His brother said: "Richard was always a very adventurous person, what with climbing and outdoor activities. It stimulated his art work."

He said he was a physically fit man, whose hobbies were climbing, running and swimming.

After studying at university in Newcastle, he worked in Rome, London, San Francisco and New York before returning to the UK in 1988.

He then moved to Stratford-upon-Avon where he met his wife. The couple had two daughters, Rachel and Daisy, now 17 and 15.

He leaves another brother, Anthony, 48, who is a doctor.

Paul Roberts, manager of the Biscuit Factory, an art gallery in Newcastle where Mr Kidd's work is on display in the restaurant, said: "It's a terrible accident and he was a lovely man.

"He was very amiable and had a passion for art and the North East."


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