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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.

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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 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.”


Young boy 'fights for life' after plane crash kills parents

Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, were killed in the crash. Credit: via Facebook

A young boy is fighting for his life after being rescued from a plane wreck in Hampshire that killed his parents.

The light aircraft came down in woodland near Popham Airfield, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon.

Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire, died following the crash.

Their six-year-old son is being treated at Southampton General for life-threatening injuries.

Two dead after light aircraft crashes into woodland

Two people have died and a third has suffered life-threatening injuries after a light aircraft crashed in an area of woodland close to an airfield. Ambulance crews and paramedics are currently at the scene of the accident close to the A303 at Blackwood Forest, near Popham, Hampshire.

Two die as light aircraft crashes into woodland. Credit: Google Maps

Our crews assessed three patients at the scene, sadly two were confirmed deceased at the scene. One patient was taken by land ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

– South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said that two people were declared dead at the scene while the third was taken by land ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

Teenage GB sailor found dead in woods

A young sailor who recently represented Great Britain in a youth world championships has been found dead in a Hampshire woodland.

Undated British Sailing Team handout photo of Jessica Eales. Credit: Paul Wyeth/British Sailing Team/PA Wire

The body of Jessica Eales, 17, was discovered in Sway in the New Forest, Hampshire, last Thursday.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner, a Hampshire Police spokeswoman said.

Jessica, from Lymington, recently represented Great Britain at the Isaf Youth Sailing World Championships in Tavira, Portugal, where she finished 11th.

Royal Yachting Association racing manager Mark Nicholls said: "She was a young sailor who showed promising talent which can now unfortunately never be fulfilled. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

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