Body recovered following search for missing kayaker

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A search for a missing kayaker was called off last Wednesday after a man’s body was found in water near Mull.

The man is thought to have been a visitor to the Island of Erraid.

A search was launched after a red kayak was spotted in the Sound of Iona near to Fidden campsite by a member of the public at about 10.20pm on Tuesday.

HM Coastguard and the Oban RNLI located and recovered the body at about 11.50am on Wednesday.

Police Scotland were informed and inquiries are ongoing. It is believed the man’s family has been traced and formal identification was due to take place last Thursday.

A police spokesman said: ‘Around 11.52am on Wednesday, the body of a man was recovered from the water following a search by the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and Oban RNLI.

‘A post-mortem has yet to take place, but at the current time the death is thought to have been accidental.’

Coastguard teams from Ross of Mull, Craignure and Tobermory, as well as the Tobermory RNLI all-weather lifeboat joined the search, which lasted through the night.