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  • 10 February 2014, 14:51

Body Found In Search For Missing Kayaker

A body has been found by police searching for a kayaker who went missing in a river in Wales.

The 34-year-old man got into difficulty while kayaking on the River Usk with a group around lunchtime on Sunday.

Water levels had been highfollowing heavy rain over the weekend.

Officers were called to the river at Llangynidr, near Crickhowell, Powys at about 1pm on Sunday.

Dyfed Powys Police said the body of a man, who has not been formally identified, was found on Monday morning and the missing kayaker's family had been told.

As officials warn people of the dangers of further stormy weather to come and people are evacuated from their homes in parts of southern England, a land-and-sea search is under way for two tourists who went missing in west Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The men, believed to be German and Dutch, went for a walk along Sheep's Head on Saturday afternoon and have not been seen since.

Weather conditions were very poor at the weekend, with gale-force winds and high waves along the peninsula.

One of the missing men's mobile phones is reportedly continuing to ring so police are trying to track it.

A coastguard helicopter has joined the search, but high winds and waves have hampered the operation.

Also at the weekend, a seven-year-old boy died at a flood-hit house in Chertsey, Surrey.

Police were called to the property at around 3.30am on Saturday following a request for assistance by the ambulance service.

The boy, Zane Gbangbola, was declared dead at nearby St Peter's Hospital.

His parents remain in hospital in a serious condition.

Police refused to comment on speculation the death was related to carbon monoxide poisoning, but advised anyone in the Thameside area in Chertsey who showed signs of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever to seek medical assistance.

Concerns have been raised about contamination of flood water which has left many homes inundated, but the Environment Agency on Sunday that analysis of water samples at Zane's house had not revealed anything that could have led to his death.

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