Essex

Missing Essex sea kayaker found dead

  • 7 August 2012
  • From the section Essex

The body of 59-year-old man who went missing while kayaking off the Essex coast has been found.

The man's partner had called police in the early hours after he did not return home to the Burnham on Crouch area after kayaking on Monday afternoon.

Thames Coastguard searched the Dengie peninsula with the RNLI, police and the ambulance service.

The man was found by a walker at Bradwell beach, to the north of the peninsula, at 05:30 BST.

'Big squall'

Shore searchers had also attempted to locate his vehicle in order to pinpoint the unknown starting point of his trip, Thames Coastguard said.

Watch manager Aimee Rampton said: "HM Coastguard recommends that you don't go out alone in a small craft like a kayak.

"Secondly, it is vital that you give full details to a shore contact including your starting point for the trip, where you are going and when you will be back.

"There was a big squall which came through the area on Monday afternoon, severe enough to cause a problem to even experienced kayakers.

"Sadly, you cannot always predict conditions at sea even when they appear benign when you set off."

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