Missing kayaker Alistair Collier’s body found off Dorset coast

The body of a man believed to be missing 60-year-old kayaker Alistair Collier has been found 22 nautical miles off the Dorset coast, police said.

Dorset Police said following an extensive search the body was located in the water alongside his kayak by HM Coastguard’s fixed wing aircraft and recovered from the water by HMS Tyne.

He was then transferred to Poole Hospital by helicopter.

The search began on Saturday afternoon when Mr Collier, from Worcester, failed to finish a race between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier, off the Dorset coast.

An extensive search continued overnight with RNLI lifeboats from Swanage, Poole, Yarmouth, Mudeford, Bembridge and Weymouth, along with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Swanage, St Albans, Kimmeridge and Lulworth and Dorset Police.

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Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent, St Athan and Newquay searched overnight and the coastguard fixed wing aircraft was brought in this morning as the search area widened.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but Mr Collier’s family has been informed and the coroner has been notified.

A call was made to HM Coastguard about 1.45pm reporting him as missing.

A spokesperson said he was seen around half way through the race and the alarm was raised when the organisers realised he had not finished.

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