Kayaking dad drowns on Thames River day out

Posted: June 8, 2013 by kirisyko in Kayaking, Water
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Michael Moore was found face down in the River Thames after he was drowned by currents in a weir

A FATHER capsized in his kayak and drowned in a weir just yards from his wife and two young daughters.

Wealthy property developer Michael Moore, 43, was found floating face down in the River Thames after he was caught in fierce currents for more than 10 minutes.

He had recently left his family’s ­property firm in south London to set up a new company in the countryside and pursue his new passion for kayaking.

Mr Moore’s devastated brother Tony, 45, said yesterday that the weir in Shiplake, South Oxfordshire, was “lethal” and said there should have been more warning signs. He added: “It takes you like a rip tide and then that’s it.

“We were a really tight family and everyone is in pieces. Michael was so young, fit and full of life.”

Michael and his wife Sarah, 42, had been married for just four months.

They were enjoying a day out with their two daughters Imogen, 12, and Evie, 11. His wife and children were ­having rowing lessons when the tragedy happened. Mr Moore, said to be a kayaking “rookie”, was last seen paddling towards the weir before he disappeared.

Mr Moore had moved his family from Sutton, Surrey, to Wargrave, Berkshire, last year. His brother said: “Michael idolised his kids. Everyone who met him loved him. He was the hardest-working person I have ever met.”

Close friend Gary Boys said: “It could have been three or four children who had gone down that way.

“The lock keeper said it’s one of the most dangerous locks around.”

Police and the Environment Agency have launched an investigation.

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