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Police name gorge death canoeist
A man who died after his canoe overturned and got stuck in a gorge in the Highlands has been named by police.

Steven Pullinger, 49, from Rusthall, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, had been pulled free from the River Roy on Friday but died at the scene.

He was part of a group who had travelled north to take part in a canoeing expedition.

The area around Lochaber had been hit by recent storms and heavy rain made local rivers particularly fierce.

Mr Pullinger had been treated by Scottish Ambulance Service staff but was pronounced dead.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team had also attended due to the remote and inaccessible location of the incident.

David Vinall, a neighbour of Mr Pullinger's in Kent, said he would be remembered as a "smashing bloke".

"He'd go down the pub and have a drink and talk to you about anything," said Mr Vinall.

"I'm absolutely horrified, I can't believe it."


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