Monday, 18 December 2017

Kayaker inquest opens

A KAYAKER who was found dead in the River Thames near Shiplake had drowned, a post-mortem examination has confirmed.

A KAYAKER who was found dead in the River Thames near Shiplake had drowned, a post-mortem examination has confirmed.

Michael Moore, 42, of Church Street, Wargrave, died after hiring a kayak from Wargrave Boating Club, where he had been a member for only a few weeks and had one lesson.

He had been enjoying a day on the water with his daughters when the tragedy happened on June 1.

It is believed his kayak capsized after being sucked into Shiplake weir and he was dragged under the water before resurfacing about 10 minutes later. He was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where he was pronounced dead.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned by the Oxfordshire coroner and police have said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Mr Moore, a property developer, was married to Sarah, 42, and had two daughters, Imogen,12, and Evie, 11.

A funeral will be held at Caversham crematorium at 12.15pm on Monday followed by a reception at the Bull pub in Wargrave.

The family has requested that any donations are sent to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

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