Body of missing kayaker found in Firth of Forth

Rescue helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. Picture: Kimberley Powell

Rescue helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer. Picture: Kimberley Powell

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A MAN’S body has been found after an empty kayak was seen drifting three miles offshore.

A fishing vessel raised the alarm after spotting the kayak floating in the Firth of Forth with no-one on board yesterday evening.

The kayak was found around three miles off Port Seton at 5.45pm.

Someone on the shore then spotted a person in the water off Musselburgh and called emergency services.

Aberdeen Coastguard said that search and rescue helicopter 131 recovered the person from the water.

Police Scotland said that they were called to Goose Green Place near the shore in Musselburgh, East Lothian, early yesterday evening after a man’s body was found.

A police spokesman said: “Inquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death.”

The RNLI Kinghorn lifeboat, two fishing vessels and search and rescue helicopter 131 from RAF Boulmer were involved in the search.

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