The family of Paul Gallihawk who died while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have spoken of their devastation.
Words cannot express how we feel and what Paul meant not only to us but to all of his family and friends.
Paul was a brilliant son and brother to Nick. He would do anything to help anyone and would always put them first. He had such a caring nature and will be sadly missed by all the family, extended family and friends.
His girlfriend, Hayley Wright, added: "Paul and I had been together for five years and he was the most amazing and thoughtful partner. He was incredible in every way and he always put others before himself. I loved him to bits and always will."
The 34-year-old disappeared during a 750m swim at the start of the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent on Saturday morning.
The hunt for Mr Gallihawk, from Maidstone, resumed this morning and his body was later found in the lake by search teams.
Police searching for a man who went missing while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have found a body.
Paul Gallihawk, 34, was participating in the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent, when he disappeared.
A huge search operation was launched involving police divers, the fire service and the National Police Air Service.
A Kent Police spokesman said on Monday: "Officers conducting a search for a 34-year-old man who was taking part in a triathlon at Leybourne Lakes on Saturday, 29 August, have this morning discovered a body.
"Formal identification is yet to take place but the next of kin of the missing triathlete have been notified of the discovery."
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