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Inquiry launched after kayaker dies at sea

An extensive coastguard search was launched Credit: ITV Meridian

Enquiries are continuing into the death of a kayaker, whose body was found off the Isle of Wight.

54 year old Stephen Taylor from Gosport had been paddling from Hill Head to Lepe beach on Saturday when he failed to arrive.

An extensive rescue operation was launched but his body was found at New Town creek on the Isle of Wight on Sunday

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Missing kayaker : Body found

HM Coastguard had been searching since last night Credit: ITV

Police assisting in the search for missing kayaker, 54-year-old Stephen Taylor, can confirm a body has been located.

Mr Taylor’s family have been notified and are being supported by officers.

Formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.

A search operation got under way last night after Mr Taylor's wife became concerned that he hadn't arrived home.

Police name missing kayaker as search continues

Police have named a canoeist who has gone missing in the Solent as 54-year-old Stephen Taylor.

A search was launched last night for Stephen Taylor. Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Taylor, of Newbroke Road in Gosport left Lee-on-Solent, at around 11.30am yesterday morning in his blue coloured kayak with the intention of paddling to Lepe beach in the Southampton area.

The experienced canoeist's partner alerted police when he failed to return home.

Mr Taylor is believed to be wearing a wetsuit, a light blue coloured long sleeved top, navy blue life jacket with a red detail and a beige sun hat.

A passing vessel is believed to have seen Mr Taylor at 10.50pm last night, Hampshire Police added.

Missing kayaker: Coastguard statement

The search is continuing this morning for the kayaker who has been missing since yesterday evening. HM Coastguard have released a statement:

Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams are undertaking shoreline searches.

The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent is searching along the coastline and out into the Solent.

Lymington Lifeboat is searching and the Coastguard is making broadcasts to all shipping, requesting that they keep a sharp lookout for the kayak and missing person.

– HM Coastguard

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Missing kayaker: Coastguard launch urgent search

An urgent search operation has been launched to find a kayaker who has gone missing off the coast of Southampton.

The kayaker went missing yesterday. Credit: Google Maps

The kayaker left from Hill Head in Fareham, Hampshire at around 11.30 am on Saturday and did not return.

The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboats are involved in the search.

“We are searching for a kayaker who was expected home last night," Ash Rawson, controller at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham, said.

"A vessel has been in contact with us to report a possible sighting and we are following up on this report as well as continuing our in-depth search of the area with multiple agencies.”

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