Thursday 23 March 2017

Irish man who died in kayak in UK took his own life, inquest rules

David Kearns

Efit issued by Hampshire Police of Irish kayaker Morgan Savage, whose body was found on the Isle of Wight last September Credit: Hampshire Police/PA Wire
Efit issued by Hampshire Police of Irish kayaker Morgan Savage, whose body was found on the Isle of Wight last September Credit: Hampshire Police/PA Wire

An Irish man found dead on a beach in the UK, sparking a six-week missing persons hunt, took his own life, an inquest concluded.

Dr Morgan Savage (40) was found strapped into a kayak on the Isle of Wight last September with no identification.

Last October an inquest was opened by the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Office into Mr Savage’s death, and this week it returned a verdict of suicide.

The inquest heard that one of the three wounds on the 40-year-old’s neck had pierced his jugular – something all doctors would know would cause a heart attack, a pathologist said while giving evidence.

Originally from Cork, Mr Savage had worked as a geriatric psychiatrist at a Dublin hospital until he left his job last July.

The inquest also heard from police that the Irish canoeist was found with a rucksack filled with large rocks and a Stanley knife.

Following the discovery of Mr Savage’s body, British police launched a public appeal to help identify his remains.

Concerned relatives came forward mid-October after the search was extended to Ireland following witness accounts that a man “with an Irish accent” matching Mr Savage’s description was last seen renting a canoe near East Sussex a week before he disappeared.

Speaking to the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Office, a family member said the Cork native had been an “extremely intelligent” and “private” man, who had enjoyed travelling on his own.

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