Coastguards launch desperate hunt for missing kayaker, 25, who vanished off Dorset coast yesterday

  • A search is ongoing on the Dorset coast after a 25-year-old man went missing
  • Jordan Lane was last heard from at 6pm on Monday before going kayaking 
  • On the bank holiday weekend a teenage girl died after an inflatable boat upturned in Porthilly Rock, Wadebridge
  • A Man was also later pulled from water and pronounced dead in a separate incident at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow
  • Devon and Cornwall Police described ‘very tough day’ amid the two incidents 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A major search is under way on the Poole coast in Dorset after a young man disappeared while kayaking in the late afternoon of bank holiday Monday.

Jordan Lane, 25, was last heard from around 6pm while kayaking, before setting off home to Barton-on-Sea from Canford Cliffs.

Dorset Police helicopter unit and the coastguard are now involved in the search, with the young man’s disappearance coming after a number of coastal tragedies over the bank holiday weekend. 

Jordan is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of a slim muscular build with short dark hair and dark eyes. 

He was last seen wearing green shorts and a long sleeved shirt. His kayak is said to be orange with Wave Sport branding, at around two metres long.

Jordan Lane was last seen in the coastal area wearing green shorts and a long sleeved shirt

Dorset Police, Southbourne Coastguard, Poole Coastguard, RNLI Mudeford, RNLI Poole and the Coastguard helicopter now remain in search

Local police have urged anybody with any possible information to get in touch, as the search carries over into its second day. 

The news comes after a teenage girl and a man both died on the same stretch of Cornish coastline in a Bank Holiday tragedy.  

Officers described a ‘very tough day’ in Cornwall amid the two fatalities, which took place in separate incidents on Monday afternoon as the public slowing started taking back to normal life following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Police were first called to reports of an upturned inflatable boat in the water near Porthilly Rock in Wadebridge at around 2.25pm. 

Three people were rushed to hospital following the incident and a teenage girl was later pronounced dead, police said. 

Emergency services attended another tragedy at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow around five minutes later, when a man was pulled from the water by a member of the public.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and is yet to be identified.

Officers were also called to a third incident following reports a man had been pulled from the water unconscious by surfers in Porthtowan, Truro.

He was transported to hospital by helicopter in a serious condition and is currently receiving treatment.

Chief Inspector Ian Thompson, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: ‘These are extremely upsetting circumstances and our thoughts go out to all involved.

Emergency services attended a tragedy at Treyarnon Bay, Padstow (pictured) on Monday at around 2.30pm, when a man was pulled from the water by a member of the public

‘It has been a very tough day for local emergency services and we are asking for anyone with information on the above incidents to contact police.’ 

The tragedy came as hundreds of Britons flocked to the coastline over the bank holiday weekend, after Boris Johnson moved to ease coronavirus restrictions a fortnight ago.

Under the relaxed restrictions, people are permitted to spend time outdoors – for example sunbathing, picnicking and enjoying the fresh air. Britons can now exercise outdoors more than once a day, and use outdoor sports courts and facilities.

Residents are also allowed to meet one person from a different household outdoors so long as they remain two-metres apart. 

The Prime Minister on Monday night paved the way for even more relaxed restrictions, as he gave the go-ahead for high street businesses to reopen from next month.  

Pictured: An air ambulance lands in Padstow after an unidentified man was pulled from the sea

Officers described a ‘very tough day’ in Cornwall amid the two fatalities, which took place in separate incidents on Monday afternoon (Pictured: Padstow today)

Speaking at the daily Covid-19 briefing at Downing Street on Monday evening, Mr Johnson said non-essential shops, including department stores and independent businesses, would reopen from June 15.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen from June 1 as long as they adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. 

The move will provide a welcome boost for businesses forced to close in March at a huge financial cost to themselves and to the Treasury, which has spent hundreds of billions of pounds keeping them afloat and their staff paid. 

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Jordan Lane’s whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 25:520 

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