Body of British teen who went missing while kayaking in Spain found

Joshua Oker's body found in river

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The body of a teenager who went missing after taking his kayak out on the River Guadiaro in Malaga, Spain has been found after a major search operation.

Joshua Oker, 16, disappeared on Wednesday and his parents raised the alarm on Thursday when his kayak, oars and clothes were discovered in the river.

According to the Olive Press, before this his parents believed he was staying at a friend's house.

His body was found at 9.40am on Friday by a rescue team. The search operation involved police, mountain rescue and locals.

The Daily Mirror reports that police said Joshua's body was found near a power station close to the village of Gaucin.

Heavy rain in the past few days made the river swell and conditions for kayakers more dangerous, the Daily Mail reports.

A friend of Joshua's, named Margarita, said his mother did not realise he was missing as "Joshua sometimes goes out with friends and camps for a few days away from home."

In 2013, a father-of-two died when his kayak capsized in the River Thames as he attempted to navigate a dangerous weir.

Property developer Michael Moore, 43, capsized just 300 yards away from where his wife and two daughters were having rowing lessons.

He was found floating face-down near the Shiplake weir, South Oxfordshire, after he was dragged underwater for more than 10 minutes.

Mr Moore had accompanied his wife Sarah, and their two daughters Imogen, 12, and Evie, 11 to Wargrave Boating Club.

He was reportedly new to kayaking and was last seen paddling towards the weir before he vanished. He was later pulled out of the water by two paramedics who were holidaying at a nearby island campsite.

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