Body Found Off Dorset In Search For Kayaker

8 October 2018, 10:01

Alistair Collier kayaker Dorset

The body of a man - believed to be a missing kayaker - has been found off the Dorset coast.

A huge search started for 60-year-old Alistair Collier on Saturday after he failed to finish a race near Swanage Pier. His body was found with his kayak by the coastguard 22 nautical miles south of Tyneham yesterday. He was recovered from the water by HMS Tyne and transferred to Poole Hospital by coastguard helicopter.

The search began on Saturday 6 October when organisers raised the alarm after the man failed to finish a race, which was running between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier.

An extensive search was carried out with RNLI lifeboats from Swanage, Poole, Yarmouth, Mudeford, Bembridge and Weymouth, along with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Swanage, St Albans, Kimmeridge and Lulworth and Dorset Police. Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent, St Athan and Newquay searched overnight and the coastguard fixed wing aircraft was brought in as the search area widened.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but Alistair’s family have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

Mr Collier, of Worcester, was seen wearing a red life jacket and was in a white canoe with a stabiliser, which had a blue stripe on top.

Poole Lifeboat said: "All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time."