Two Brits Die After India River Accident

Two Brits Die After India River Accident

The bodies of two British men have been recovered from a river in India after they were killed in a rafting accident.

Ian Turton, from York, and Michael Easton, from west London, went missing during an excursion on the Cauvery River near Bangalore.

It is believed the men drowned after their raft was swept away in rapids, hit some rocks and overturned.

Officials in India said police divers found the vessel and the men's remains on Friday.

Their families have been notified and arrangements are being made to return the bodies to the UK.

The Foreign Office earlier said: "We are providing consular assistance to the families."

It had been feared the men may have been killed by crocodiles, which are said to be common along the 497-mile (800km) river.

The Cauvery River runs across three of the southern Indian states, including Tamil Nadu, where 45-year-old Mr Turton is believed to have been working for US company Tenneco Automotive.

Mr Easton, who was 62, was a research scientist with the energy giant Shell.