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Firth of Forth kayak victim named as PC Allan McLean

PC Allan McLean Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Police Scotland said PC Allan McLean would be "greatly missed"

A man whose body was found after an empty kayak was spotted in the Firth of Forth was an off-duty police officer.

PC Allan McLean's body was discovered in the water near Musselburgh on Friday evening shortly after a kayak was seen drifting three miles offshore.

Police Scotland said he had worked with the force in Edinburgh for 19 years.

His family said in a statement: "Allan was a dearly-loved husband and father to two young girls and will leave a huge gap in the family."

They added: "We respectfully request that we be left to grieve in private at what is a very difficult time."

'Infectious enthusiasm'

Paying tribute to the officer, Ch Supt Andrew Morris said: "Allan was an energetic individual who had a huge number of friends throughout the force.

"He was always taking opportunities to develop himself and was currently studying for a law degree.

"His enthusiasm was infectious and he will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues."

Image caption PC Allan McLean's body was found on Friday evening

A fishing vessel raised the alarm at about 17:45 GMT on Friday after spotting the kayak floating with no-one on board.

PC McLean was later found in the water off Musselburgh, close to where the River Esk flows into the Firth.

There are no suspicious circumstances around the death and a report is to be sent to the procurator fiscal.

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