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Body found in missing kayaker hunt

Published 19/04/2015

Coastguard teams were launched to search off the coast of Hill Head, Hampshire
Coastguard teams were launched to search off the coast of Hill Head, Hampshire

A body has been found in the hunt for a missing kayaker.

An air and sea search was launched in the Solent for Stephen Taylor, 54, from Gosport, who went missing on Saturday as he tried to paddle to the Southampton area.

Hampshire Police said today a body has been discovered but has not yet been formally identified.

They tweeted: " Body located in search for missing Gosport kayaker. No formal ID yet. Family of Stephen Taylor aware."

A coastguard helicopter, rescue teams and lifeboats were launched to search off the coast of Hill Head, Hampshire, after Mr Taylor failed to return last night.

He left Lee-on-Solent at around 11.30am yesterday in his blue kayak with the intention of paddling to Lepe beach in the Southampton area.

Mr Taylor, who is said to be an experienced canoeist, was in touch with his partner throughout the day but when he failed to return home late in the evening she alerted police.

It is believed there may have been a sighting of Mr Taylor at around 10.50pm last night by a passing vessel.

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