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Missing kayaker: Family raise funds for Surrey Search & Rescue

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

The family of a man missing since his kayak overturned on the River Wey a week ago is raising funds for the volunteers still looking for him.

Grant Broster, 56, from Guildford, was on his family's kayak last Monday when it capsized in front of his son Max.

The volunteer search crews have worked from "sun up to sun down" to find him, the family said on a fundraising page.

Surrey Search & Rescue said it was "grateful and humbled" by the family's words and actions.

The family has raised more than £2,000 so far.

Alongside the donations are tributes which refer to Mr Broster as an "inspiration" and "a lovely, kind man who will be missed."

'Act of kindness'

On the Just Giving page, set up by Emma Leach, the family reveal how Grant's son Max and the family dog Joey jumped into the fast-flowing river in an attempt to help him.

"They were unable to reach him and were both pulled to safety by the kindest people who live at the scene," it adds.

Search crews mobilised helicopters, drones, sonar, dogs and divers, leaving "no stone unturned", the family said.

Despite extensive searches, Mr Broster has not been found.

Image copyright PA/Steve Parsons
Image caption Emergency services have been working from "sun up to sun down" to look for him, the family said.

The family said the "professional dedication" of the voluntary emergency services was "humbling and extraordinary".

"We, Grant's family, are eternally grateful to them and we would like to give something back," they add.

Surrey Search & Rescue said it was "grateful and humbled by this act of kindness" from the family "especially at such a difficult time for them".

It added: "This makes such a vast difference to us and helps us do all we can to look after our local community when in need."

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