Family of canoe death teenager pay tribute

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The family of a teenager who died when his canoe overturned in the Lake District paid tribute to him today, saying he "brought joy" to many people.

Chad Salisbury, 18, from Leyland, Lancashire, died on Ullswater Lake on Saturday afternoon.

Police divers recovered his body in the early hours of Sunday.

In a statement Mr Salisbury's family said he was "frightened of nothing" and was always up for a challenge.

"Chad was a much loved and well liked lad. He was outgoing, loud and very popular in the Leyland area.

"He loved motorbikes and cars - he was always taking things to bits - but whether he could put them back together was another thing.

"He brought joy to so many people in his short life and we are all devastated by this tragic event."

His disappearance, about 200 metres from the shore, led to a major search operation, which continued late into the night.

Scores of tributes have been paid to the teenager on Facebook.

One friend wrote: "Rip babe I can't believe this.

"Miss you sweet and will always be in our thoughts."

Another wrote: "I dont want to believe it. I know it ain't true. I'm gonna bump into you in town and you're gonna boogie the night away."

The family thanked the emergency services who helped in the search, which began at 2.16pm when a member of the public spotted the canoeist getting into difficulty on the lake.

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and police were investigating the incident on behalf of the coroner, a Cumbria police spokesman said.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Penrith Police on 0845 33 00 247.