Missing kite surfer identified

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The body of a kite surfer found during a huge missing person search in the Morecambe Bay area has been identified by police.

Giles Stothert, 61, from Saltcote, Glasson Dock went missing yesterday, Sunday January 25, whilst kite surfing.

His body was found on the beach at Middleton Sands at 11am on Monday, January 26.

The body was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary by the North West Air Ambulance, accompanied by HM Coastguard, who said the matter is now with Lancashire Police.

The man was last seen while out in the water near Glasson Dock between 4.30pm and 5pm.

He had left the shore in a group but failed to return. Searches of the bay were carried out into the early hours of Monday.

Kevin Jackson, operations manager at Morecambe Lifeboats (RNLI), said conditions were “terrible”, on Sunday afternoon when the man went out as part of a group, and didn’t return.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “Police were called at around 4.45pm on Sunday, January 25, to Glasson Dock, Lancaster, following reports of concern for the safety of a windsurfer.

“The local man, aged in his sixties, was last seen by friends in the sea at around 4.20pm but failed to come out of the water.

“A joint search operation was launched with the Coastguard, RNLI, Mountain Rescue Team and Police air support to search for the missing man.”