British kayaker's body found after two-week search

Bren Orton
Bren Orton, from Warrington, shared his kayaking adventures with more than 55,000 followers on social media [Pyranha Kayaks]

The body of a British kayaker has been found two weeks after he went missing in Switzerland, his sponsors have confirmed.

Bren Orton, who drew more than 55,000 followers on social media, became trapped while kayaking with a group on the Melezza River on 16 May, according to the firm Pyranha Kayaks, for which Mr Orton was an ambassador.

His body was recovered in Lake Maggiore, which crosses the Swiss-Italian border, on Thursday.

In a statement to the BBC, a firm spokesman said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce that our friend and ambassador Bren Orton is no longer with us.”

A general view of Lake Maggiore
Mr Orton's body was recovered from Lake Maggiore [Reuters]

Following his disappearance on 16 May, the firm said he had become "trapped in a recirculating feature and did not resurface".

Local authorities mounted searches before his body was found this week.

A spokesman for Runcorn firm Pyranha Kayaks said: “The outpouring of love and support from the paddling community since Bren went missing has been extraordinary.

“This support has been a profound source of strength for all of us, especially for his family and close friends. Sending our love to our paddling family at this time.”

In 2019, the Warrington-based kayaker set the British record for the highest waterfall descent navigated in a kayak, after plunging 128ft down the Big Banana Falls in Mexico.

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