Briton Andrew Barrie's body recovered from Kettle River in Canada

 

The body of a British man who drowned during a river trip in Canada has been recovered.

Andrew Barrie, from Balloch in West Dunbartonshire, was on holiday with his wife Carol and 16-year-old son Andrew when he was swept downstream last weekend.

Along with two other people, Mr Barrie, 50, is believed to have been swept over falls on Kettle River, near Grand Forks in British Colombia, on July 28.

The bodies of a local couple in their 70s, who were sharing a small inflatable dinghy, were recovered from the water shortly afterwards.

A statement from emergency services in Canada said: "On Monday afternoon August 6, 2012, Grand Forks Search and Rescue and Christina Lake Fire Department were able to successfully recover a body from the Cascade Cove area of the Kettle River, near Grand Forks.

"The body has been positively identified as the missing 50-year-old male visitor from Scotland. He is the last of the three people to be recovered following the July 28th rafting incident."

In a previous statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Barrie's family spoke of their sadness and grief.

The statement said: "What had started as a beautiful, peaceful float on the river with friends who knew the river well turned to tragedy with the loss of three lives."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said yesterday: "We can confirm that a British national who was reported missing in British Columbia on July 29 has been found dead. We are providing consular assistance to the family."

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