Fears grow for missing kayaker in Norway


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Fears are growing for a 19-year-old kayaker who is missing in Norway.

Norwegian Police said they were searching for Jason Raper, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in the River Raundalen.

Mr Raper is understood to have travelled to the area to take part in an extreme sports festival in Voss, in Hordaland, but his trip on the river was not part of the organised events.

Ivar Hellene, from the Norwegian Police, told the BBC: "The river has a strong current.

"If he is still in the river, well, I fear the worst."

Mr Hellene said up to 80 people had been involved in the search, as well as helicopters and boats.

Mr Raper went missing on Saturday but the search was scaled back on Monday.

A Foreign and Commonwealth spokesman said: "We can confirm that a British national has gone missing while kayaking in Norway and we are providing consular assistance to the family.