Tragic ending for missing kayaker

Police were notified at approximately 5.30pm last night after a 19-year-old Roches Beach man failed to arrive at Lime Bay after embarking on kayaking trip from Lauderdale Yacht Club at Roches Beach at around 11am.

Police, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and PVs Dauntless and Cape Wickham with the assistance of Dodges Ferry Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit and Surf Lifesaving Tasmania conducted an extensive search in the greater Frederick Henry Bay area last night looking for missing man, Valentine Bester.

The search was recommenced at first light.

Sadly, around midday police confirmed that a body, believed to be that of missing 19-year old Valentine Bester had been located this morning.

The man’s body was located near the boat ramp at Slopen Main by a member of the public.

“Our thoughts are with Valentine’s family and loved ones at this difficult time,” Acting Inspector Michael Foster said.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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