Experienced British kayaker in his 50s dies after ‘getting into difficulty’ in French river during group tour

  • The British man who tragically died was in his 50s
  • He was described as an experienced kayaker, and was in a group of ten 
  • Police choppers were scrambled during the nearly-three hour search  

An experienced British kayaker in his 50s has tragically died after ‘getting into difficulty’ in a French river while he was on a group tour. 

The man, who has not yet been identified, sadly died on Tuesday during a group whitewater kayaking trip in the Durance river in Briançon, southeastern France. 

He was described as an experienced kayaker, and was in a group of around ten other kayakers when he died. 

Emergency services were called to a stretch of river between Briançon and the nearby town of Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières to search for three people. 

The three people went into the water near a local shopping centre in the town, which has a population of more than 12,000. 

The man, who has not yet been identified, sadly died on Tuesday during a group whitewater kayaking trip in the Durance river in Briançon (pictured) 

Local reports suggested that two people jumped in to come to the aid of the third, who was unconscious in the water

Local reports suggested that two people jumped in to come to the aid of the third, who was unconscious in the water

Local reports suggested that two people jumped in to come to the aid of the third, who was unconscious in the water. 

While two of kayakers were recovered from the water, the British national was sadly found dead, police sources told local media. 

Police helicopters were scrambled to search for the missing people during the roughly three hour search, which ended at 6pm on Tuesday. 

Local media reported that the high flow of water in the river was caused by melting snow. 

Briançon sits at an altitude of 4,350 ft, and sits on the edge of the French alps, known for their year-round snow. 

It is officially the highest city in France. 

MailOnline has contacted the UK’s Foreign Office for comment. 

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