Essex

Drowned Jaywick kayaker 'tried to swim back'

The scene at Jaywick Image copyright Chris Flynn
Image caption The local man is believed to have fallen out of the craft at Jaywick near Clacton

An angler has told how he saw a kayaker drown off the Essex coast while he was getting ready to swim out and help him.

The 21-year-old local man is believed to have fallen out of the craft at Jaywick, near Clacton, on Sunday afternoon.

The kayak was found washed up on the rocks.

Essex Police said the body was recovered by the coastguard just before 22:00 BST. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Image copyright Chris Flynn
Image caption Grant Scott was fishing at Jaywick and was getting ready to try and save the kayaker when he saw him disappear under the water

"He was trying to canoe against the tide race," said Grant Scott, who was angling at the time.

"I had my back towards him and then my sister said he had got out of the canoe. He tried to start swimming back.

"I raced across the top of the rocks but I knew I couldn't make it with my clothes on so I started stripping off... By the time I had my clothes off he had gone under.

"He was trying to swim against the current. And you can't do that.

"Seeing him go like that it was tragic. If he had held onto the canoe he would probably have been there long enough for the lifeboat."

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