The River Garry near Invergarry. Photo: Karl and Ali CC-BY-SA-2.0

The River Garry near Invergarry. Photo: Karl and Ali CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two men have died in paddling incidents in the Highlands.

A canoeist yesterday died after getting into difficulties on an Inverness-shire river.

The 36-year-old man was with an 18-year-old man on the River Garry near Invergarry on Thursday when they fell from the canoe.

Police Scotland said: “Emergency services received a report of two males being in the water and getting into difficulty at around 12.28pm.

“The man who died was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by Royal Navy search and rescue. An 18-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Raigmore Hospital and has since been discharged.”

Police said the man’s next of kin have been informed.

Yesterday’s incident was the second fatality of a paddler. The body of a man in his 50s was found in the River Findhorn south of Forres about 9am on Thursday.

The kayaker got into difficulties in the area near Elephant Rock after capsizing in waters swollen by Storm Frank on Wednesday. A search was called off overnight in worsening conditions, and the man’s body was found the following morning.

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