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Warning signs used to alert 'budget' kayakers

28th February 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

People using cheap, cut-price kayaks to traverse waterways have been reminded that warning signs are in place to alert them to the potential dangers of fast-flowing water, following the death of a man in Northumberland.

Safety organisations are warning of the dangers of buying cheap equipment with which to enjoy the sport, the Sunday Sun reports.

This month, a man, described as an experienced kayaker, died at a pumping station in the River Tyne. A police spokesperson said that the 33-year-old man was pulled from "turbulent river water".

A spokesperson for Northumbrian Water told the newspaper that the warning signs in the Tyne area are "very clear".

According to Mike Devlin, director of coaching for the British Canoe Union, there is a growing number of "casual" kayakers taking up the pursuit who are buying cheap equipment.

"With discount shops and online stores selling cheap entry-level kit, including inflatable kayaks, people that don't have any previous experience on the water are trying out the sport for the first time," he told the newspaper.

Kayakers are being urged to undertake necessary training, perhaps join a club, buy proper equipment, and take note of warning signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800430967-ADNFCR


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