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Three dead after French kayak accident in the English Channel

The Bay of the Somme where three people died in a kayaking accident
The Bay of the Somme where three people died in a kayaking accident Photo: Michael Clarke Stuff, source: Wikipédia

Three people have died while kayaking off the northern French coast, authorities said Sunday.

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A fourth person aged 15 was rescued, suffering from hypothermia, and taken to hospital, they added.

The Amiens prefecture said the bodies of a man and a woman in their 50s were found on the beach at Crotoy after midnight while the body of another man was recovered later;

It said eight kayakers, members of a local club at Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, set out Saturday afternoon but they split up into two groups, with four returning to base and the others continuing, aiming for Cayeux-sur-Mer down the coast.

The alarm was raised at 17:45 pm (1645 GMT), with two helicopters and rescue boats involved.

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