Body Found In Search For Missing Kayaker

6 April 2016, 12:27 | Updated: 6 April 2016, 12:31

A major search operation started on Tuesday night by the Coastguard, the RNLI and a police helicopter in the River Medway, Kent, after authorities were alerted at 11pm

Rescuers searching for a kayaker who was reported missing by his family have found a body, police have said.

But a body has now been found on the riverbank near the Esplanade in Rochester.

The family of the 46-year-old man thought to be from London reported a missing man have been told, Kent Police said.

No formal identification has yet taken place.


Here are the details from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The UK Coastguard is currently coordinating a search in the River Medway for a missing kayaker. The Medway Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard helicopter from Lydd and two RNLI lifeboats from Sheerness are conducting a land, air and sea search for the man who was reported as missing at 11.00 pm this evening (Tuesday). A Police helicopter also joined the search, but has now left the scene.

The National Maritime Operations Centre received a call from Vessel Traffic Monitoring at 11.00 pm reporting a drifting kayak. The Sheerness Inshore Lifeboat went to investigate and found the drifting vessel in the River Medway. At around the same time a kayaker, whose kayak matched the description of the drifting vessel, was reported as missing by a family member. An immediate search was launched involving the coastguard team, helicopters and lifeboats.