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Scarborough kayaker Jason Raper inquest opened

Missing kayaker Jason Raper from Scarborough, taken when kayaking in French Alps in June 2012
Mr Raper had been taking a five-week adventure holiday in Europe when he went missing

An inquest on a kayaker from North Yorkshire who died in a Norwegian river has been opened and adjourned.

Jason Raper, 19, from Scarborough, was taking a five-week adventure holiday in Europe when he went missing in the River Raundalen on 23 June.

His body was spotted in the water by a walker in September.

He was believed to be heading for an extreme sports festival. The coroner in Scarborough said Mr Raper's body was repatriated to the UK on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the coroner said: "The date for the completion of the inquest could be a while yet as reports have to be requested from the Norwegian authorities."

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

Ahead of the festival at Voss in the west of the country, he and three friends had taken a kayaking trip down the river.

He and his friends were separated and Norwegian Police launched a major search of the area but it was postponed due to poor weather and high water levels.

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

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