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Missing skipper Hany Mustapha's 'body found'

  • 1 November 2012
  • From the section England
Hany Mustapha
Mr Mustapha was last seen wearing a white sailing jacket, sunglasses and a hat

Police looking for a missing sailor believe his body has been recovered from the water off the Isle of Wight.

The boat of Hany Mustapha, 46, of Kingston-upon-Thames, was found beached on the island on Saturday.

He had bought the boat, named Brigand, at a private sale in Poole earlier that day and had told staff he was sailing to Hayling Island.

Dorset Police said they have told Mr Mustapha's family they believe the body is his.

His body has not yet been formally identified, police said.

Mr Mustapha's yacht was found beached near Brighstone at 17:15 BST on Saturday. Its engine was still running, but there was no-one on board.

A five-hour search involving two Coastguard helicopters and RNLI Lifeboats from Lee-on-the-Solent, Yarmouth and Mudeford was carried out.

Mr Mustapha was last seen wearing a white sailing jacket, sunglasses and a hat.

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