Body found after dinghy capsizes off Whitstable

Emergency services at Whitstable Lifeboat Station
Image caption Emergency services assembled at Whitstable Lifeboat Station after the body was recovered

A body has been recovered after police, coastguard and lifeboat teams were involved in a major rescue operation off the Kent coast overnight.

Two men got into trouble when their boat capsized near the Kentish Flats windfarm, near Whitstable.

One man swam about two miles to Seasalter before managing to raise the alarm at 03:25 BST by banging on the door of a house in the village.

The search operation has been called off, said coastguards.

The men, both in their 40s, had sailed a small dinghy from Whitstable at 10:00 on Sunday but it capsized just before darkness fell.

A search was carried out by Coastguard rescue teams, three RNLI lifeboats, an RAF rescue helicopter and Kent Police.

A man is being treated for hypothermia at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother hospital in Margate.

Police said inquiries were on-going to identify the body recovered from the water at 05:00 BST and that a post-mortem examination is expected to take place later.

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