Body believed to be that of missing kayaker, 60, is found

Body believed to be that of missing kayaker, 60, is found 22 miles off Dorset coast

  • Body of man believed to be Alistair Collier, 60,  has been found off Dorset coast  
  • Alistair Collie was taking part in a race between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier
  • Police had launched a search after he went missing off the coast yesterday

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

Dorset Police said 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 following an extensive search.

Mr Collier was then transferred to Poole Hospital by helicopter.  

Police launched a search for the kayaker, who had been taking part in a race between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier, off the Dorset coast on Saturday.

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

At the end of the race all the competitors returned apart from Mr Collier.

The 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.

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.


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

Mr Collier, from Worcester, was seen wearing a red life jacket and was in a white canoe with a stabiliser, which had a blue stripe on top, before he went missing.

Mr Collier, from Worcester, was seen wearing a red life jacket and was in a white canoe with stabiliser, which had a blue stripe on top before he went missing

He had been taking part in a race between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier, off the Dorset coast, and was last seen at midday on Saturday

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