Wales

Police confirm body was Shropshire kayaker

Elizabeth Ashbee
Image caption Elizabeth Ashbee was with four friends when she disappeared on Sunday

Police have confirmed a body found in Caernarfon Bay on Tuesday was that of kayaker Elizabeth Ashbee.

A major search was launched for the 53-year-old from Shropshire when she was reported missing off Rhosneigr on Anglesey on Sunday.

An experienced kayaker, she was with members of Shrewsbury Canoe Club when she disappeared.

In a tribute on its website the club said she was "a real character within the club and will be missed by many."

North Wales Police confirmed on Wednesday a body recovered the day before was that of Ms Ashbee.

Earlier her kayak was recovered at Porthdinllaen on the Llyn peninsula, 20 miles south from where she was last seen.

The search was first launched at about 1830 BST on Sunday after members of her group raised the alarm.

She was last seen as she had paddled ahead of the rest of the group who were rafted together in difficult conditions.

A full-scale search covering 60 square miles involved lifeboat crews and rescue helicopters on Sunday evening and most of Monday, hoping for a sighting of Ms Ashbee's red Valley Avocet plastic sea kayak.

The club's tribute read: "Elizabeth was a real character within the club and will be missed by many.

"We would like to express our sincerest thanks to the rescue services for all their time and efforts.

"Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family and those involved in this tragic occurrence."

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