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Search resumes for missing Maidstone triathlete

Search at Leybourne Lakes
Image caption The swimming leg of the triathlon started at 08:00 BST on Saturday

The search for a man who went missing during the swimming leg of a triathlon race on Saturday has resumed.

The athlete, named locally as Paul Gallihawk, was reported missing when he failed to finish the first part of the race at Leybourne Lakes in Maidstone, Kent.

A police helicopter and boats were used in the search for the missing 34-year-old who is from the Maidstone area.

The search has resumed with a team of specialist divers, Kent Police said.

The organisers of the race, Ocean Lake Triathlon, posted on Facebook: "We are shocked by what happened yesterday... and are working closely with the emergency services to do everything that we can to assist them in their search.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

The triathlon club, based at Leybourne Lake Country Park and Simon Langton School in Canterbury organises a series of six sprint distance races.

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