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Missing kayaker: heavy rain delays Jason Raper search

Missing kayaker Jason Raper from Scarborough, taken when kayaking in French Alps in June 2012
Image caption Mr Raper kayaking in the French Alps in June 2012

Unusually high levels of rain in Norway will delay the search for a missing North Yorkshire kayaker until August, officials have said.

Jason Raper, from Scarborough, went missing in the River Raundalen in Voss on 30 June.

Norwegian police said high water levels made it impossible to search the river.

In a joint statement, Scarborough and District Canoe Club and Mr Raper's family said he was "highly regarded by his family and fellow paddlers".

The statement also described Mr Raper, who has been kayaking with the club for six years, as "intelligent, determined, focused and caring".

'Passion for kayaking'

"[He is] a very popular man who works full time as a joiner, doing extra work when he can to fund his passion - kayaking," the statement said.

Ivor Hellene, of Hordaland Police in Norway, said it had rained in Voss, in the west of the country, almost every day since Mr Raper went missing.

"It is unusual for us to have so much water in the river in July," Mr Hellene said.

"We have to wait for sun, and for some snow to melt in the mountains."

Mr Raper, whose 20th birthday was on 8 July, left Scarborough on 14 June for a five-week adventure holiday in Europe.

He is believed to have been in Norway for an extreme sports festival at Voss.

Mr Raper went to college in York and was also a member of York Canoe Club.

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