Tragic boating accident at Kielder Reservoir

It is with great sadness that we report the deaths of Geoff Wilkinson and his daughter Victoria after a sailing accident at Kielder Reservoir. 

Geoff, former captain of Hexham Rowing Club, died at the scene on Sunday when their Laser Stratos capsized and he tried to release Vicki who had become trapped under the boat. Sadly she also passed away on Tuesday after being in a critical condition since the accident. Vicki had rowed at Tyne RC and Ponteland High School.

A service for Geoff and Victoria Wilkinson will take place at Hexham Abbey on Wednesday the 22 July 2009 at 11.00. Father and daughter will then be buried in the Kirkwelpington village church yard. It is a small village church yard so Kate has requested only family and close friends, please.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Kate and the rest of the Wilkinson family.