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Body of 16-year-old British rugby player found in lake in southern France

The body of a 16-year-old British rugby player has been recovered from a lake in southern France.

Body of 16-year-old British rugby player found in lake in southern France
Cavayere lake near the city of Carcassonne. Photo: Flora/Wikicommons

Emergency services were called to the Cavayere lake near the city of Carcassonne at around 8.30 pm on Wednesday evening but the teenager's body was found near the shore after a two-hour search.

French police have opened an investigation.

The youngster had been training at the Halifax Elite Rugby Academy, which had sent two teams to southern France for matches.

The club in Carcassonne said the forthcoming matches had been cancelled.

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Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast

Three people have died while kayaking off the northern French coast, authorities said Sunday.

Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast
Photo: AFP

A fourth person aged 15 was rescued, suffering from hypothermia, and taken to hospital, they added.

The Amiens prefecture said the bodies of a man and a woman in their 50s were found on the beach at Crotoy after midnight while the body of another man was recovered later.

It said eight kayakers, members of a local club at Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, set out Saturday afternoon but they split up into two groups, with four returning to base and the others continuing, aiming for Cayeux-sur-Mer down the coast.

The alarm was raised at 17:45 pm (1645 GMT), with two helicopters and rescue boats involved.

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