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Kayak theft sparks costly air and sea rescue operation

The theft of a kayak led to an air and sea search and rescue operation being launched that is estimated to have cost £9,000.

Isle of Wight Police are investigating after it was discovered the abandoned craft had been taken from a beach hut that was broken into.

The owner may have been saved from claiming on their kayak insurance after they were eventually tracked down by officers.

However, this was not before a major search operation was launched, which saw rescue teams spend hours combing a stretch of water close to Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Station where the vessel was found washed up on a beach.

The mission began at 10:15 GMT on Sunday (March 4th) and was called off at 14:30 GMT after it was confirmed no one was missing. 

Elsewhere, Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeguard supervisor Shaun Messruther was recently awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the team after rescuing a stricken kayaker, the York Press reported.

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