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Safety warning after Essex kayaker found dead
12:24pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
Coastguards have issued a safety warning after a kayaker in Essex was found dead.
The man, 59, from Burnham-on-Crouch, sparked an overnight search after going out in a kayak.
His body was found by a walker in Bradwell.
Thames Coastguard was contacted by Essex Police, who had received a call from the kayaker's partner, reporting that he was overdue after going out kayaking.
Authorities launched a search of the area, including a hunt for his vehicle in order to locate the starting point of his trip.
Thames Coastguard watch manager Aimee Rampton said: "HM Coastguard recommends that you don't go out on your own in a small craft like a kayak.
"Secondly, it is vital that you give full details to a shore contact, including your starting point for the trip, where you are going and when you will be back.
"There was a big squall which came through the area on Monday afternoon, severe enough to cause a problem to even experienced kayakers."
The MCA spokesman added: "Carrying a VHF radio on your vessel is vital and VHF DSC (Digital Selective Calling) is strongly recommended."