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Body of kayaker 'with Irish accent' identified over a month after being discovered on UK beach

Published 19/10/2015 | 14:57

Efit issued by Hampshire Police of a man aged in his 20s or 30s, whose body was found in a kayak on Yaverland Beach, Sandown, on the Isle of Wight, on September 11. Photo: Hampshire Police/PA Wire
Efit issued by Hampshire Police of a man aged in his 20s or 30s, whose body was found in a kayak on Yaverland Beach, Sandown, on the Isle of Wight, on September 11. Photo: Hampshire Police/PA Wire

A kayaker who was found dead on an Isle of Wight beach has been identified more than a month after his body was discovered.

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His body was found on Yaverland beach, on September 11 but his identity had baffled Hampshire police.

Now the force said his next-of-kin had been located and informed of his death.

The man was last seen at Brighton Canoes, in Newhaven, East Sussex, at around 4pm on September 8, where he was described to have had an Irish accent.

The kayak was a yellow and black blow-up Sevylor Conrad.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: "His next of kin have been informed.

"We will not be able to provide his name or any further details until formal identification procedures are completed.

"We would like to thank the public for all their assistance in sharing our appeal."

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