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Cork man dies in Norway kayaking accident

Twenty-five-year-old Colm Johnson was paddling with four friends at the river Sjoa when he got into difficulties.

A view of the area where Colm Johnson entered the water
A view of the area where Colm Johnson entered the water
Image: NRK

CORK MAN COLM Johnson was paddling in the river Sjoa in the Ridderspranget ravine in Lom in Norway when he got into difficulty going over a six-eight metre drop.

Mr Johnson, a University College Cork student from Bandon, was kayaking with four friends at the time, who attempted to rescue him from the river, which is a popular spot for water sports. He has been a member of UCC’s canoe club.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK reports that his body was in the water for several hours before other kayakers and rescuers managed to reach him. NRK also reports that this particular area of the river Sjoa features many steep slopes and fast flowing water.

The Cork man fell into the river at around 2.30pm on Monday afternoon and his body was recovered just before 6pm.

Consular assistance is being provided to Mr Johnson’s family and the Department of Foreign Affairs is liaising with his family.

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Emer McLysaght

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