Surrey

Family name River Wey missing kayaker as Grant Broster

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Image caption Grant Broster was using the family kayak when it capsized on the River Wey

A man missing after his kayak overturned on a flooded river in Surrey has been named by his family.

Grant Broster, 56, from Guildford was using his family's kayak on the River Wey in the town on Monday when it capsized.

Mr Broster's wife, Rachel, said: "He had not seen the flood warnings."

She said their son entered the fast-flowing water to try to help him, but was pulled to safety. Divers have been trawling the river in Millmead.

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Media captionSearch and rescue teams are looking for the missing kayaker

In a statement, Mrs Broster said there had been no sightings of her husband.

Police officers have been working alongside colleagues from Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey Search and Rescue since he was reported missing.

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Image caption Emergency services resumed their search at 08:00 BST
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Image caption Police, fire and ambulance crews were at the scene at Millmead
Image caption Sections of the River Wey were still cordoned off by emergency services on Tuesday

A flood warning had been put in place for parts of the River Wey following heavy rain and storms over the weekend.

A police helicopter, firefighters and ambulance crews were all at the scene on Monday.

The river is popular with kayakers.

Wey Valley Kayak Club, which has about 400 members, is situated about one mile down river from where the man capsized.

It tweeted on Monday morning the Wey from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock was not safe.

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