Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Music boss feared dead in Thames

A police diver searches the river Thames in Surrey for two missing men after a boat carrying six passengers capsized

A senior music industry executive is reportedly among two men feared dead after a boat carrying six passengers capsized.

Keith Lowde, 66, was believed to have been taking his wife and two other couples a short distance from his home on Pharaoh's island in the River Thames to the bank at Shepperton in Surrey when the small vessel suddenly turned over.

Three women and one man, all described as being in their 50s and 60s, were taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey with minor injuries but Mr Lowde and another man, said to be from the Cambridge area and in his 70s, disappeared.

Police divers were continuing to search the river after finding a body on Monday. No confirmation was given of the identity.

Mr Lowde is listed on the website of the Guildford-based Academy of Contemporary Music as a music business tutor with more than 20 years' experience in the music industry at a senior level.

His work includes directing a national music festival for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Mr Lowde's experience includes 11 years as company secretary and deputy to the managing director at the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) as well as working with publishers, record labels, artists and television companies.

Surrey Police used a helicopter with a thermal imaging camera to hunt for the men with the search also joined by specialist divers from the Sussex force.

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