Family left ‘numb’ after girl, 15, tragically dies while canoeing on river

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A teenage girl’s family has been left "numb" after tragically died while canoeing on a river.

The 15-year-old’s body was pulled from the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders after getting into difficulties.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene, near Kelso, at 3.30pm on Monday after the alarm was raised.

Two helicopters joined police, specialist water rescue teams, fire and ambulance services as they launched a rescue operation.

The teen’s body was recovered a short time later and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Radio Borders News, the girl’s family runs a cafe in the town, which was closed on Tuesday.

"For the next few days the cafe will not be opening," a sign in the cafe window read.

"A sudden death in the family has left us all feeling numb. Thank you for your kind thoughts."

The radio station said a local resident had described the stretch of river as challenging.

A probe has been launched by police into the tragedy to establish the "full circumstances".

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Police Scotland Detective Inspector Alistair Sellar said: "We were called around 3.30pm on Monday to a report of a canoeist getting into difficulty on the River Tweed, south of Rutherford, near Kelso.

"Emergency services attended and a rescue operation was launched.

"The body of a 15-year-old girl was recovered from the water a short time later. Her family are aware.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

"A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

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