Thursday 29 September 2016

Mystery over what happened to Irish kayaker found dead on island

Published 21/10/2015 | 07:51

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

The mystery kayaker whose body was discovered on a British beach last month has been identified as Dublin man Morgan Savage.

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Mr Savage's body was found on Yaverland Beach, close to Sandown on the Isle of Wight, on September 11.

Police believe he was last seen alive three days earlier when he purchased a kayak in the East Sussex area.

However, his remains were discovered almost 100km away on the southern English island.

Yaverland beach is described as being one of the "best" on the island, which is particularly popular with watersport enthusiasts.

Detectives released images of Mr Savage from CCTV footage as he visited Brighton Canoes in Newhaven, East Sussex, as part of their appeal to establish his identity.

Officers at the time described the deceased man as being "well built" with an Irish accent during their appeal to find his family and friends.

The police said that he was wearing a pair of beige shorts and a blue zip-up jacket at the time of his death.

Mr Savage was also described as having dark hair, blue eyes and "nice teeth".

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Police believe that he had recently purchased the kayak in the days before his death after officers found a receipt for the yellow and black inflatable Sevylor Conrad in his pocket.

It is reported that people who spoke to Mr Savage said he had a good knowledge of Dublin and that he told them he was currently studying in Brighton.

Mr Savage's identity was finally established after investigating officers launched a massive appeal in a bid to trace his family.

Police have confirmed that the dead man is Morgan Savage (40).

"A post mortem, which was carried out on September 24, was inconclusive," a spokesman for Hampshire Police said last night.

"The coroner is awaiting histology results," their statement read. His next of kin have been informed."

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