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Body found in search for missing Swale swimmer Mark Green


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A body has been found in the search for a missing dad-of-two who went swimming in The Swale.

Mark Green was last seen yesterday on the banks at Harty Ferry, near Faversham, before his clothes and possessions were found by walkers on the shore a short while later.

Police at the scene on Monday morning
Police at the scene on Monday morning

A large-scale search operation was launched and crews have been searching the water near Oare Marshes nature reserve throughout today.

But the extensive operation - involving helicopters, drones, rescue teams and dozens of emergency workers - has now been brought to a close following the discovery of a body.

Police say a body of a man was located in the water.

Mr Green, a resident of Ivory Close, Faversham, had taken up swimming by the nature reserve about a week ago.

Speaking to KentOnline, his family said they did not know him to be much of a swimmer.

Mark Green went missing on Sunday afternoon
Mark Green went missing on Sunday afternoon
Search crews had been at Oare last night and today (43052546)
Search crews had been at Oare last night and today (43052546)

Prior to jumping into the water, he was said to be in jovial spirits when he spoke with two walkers.

The alarm was then raised shortly after 4pm yesterday after Mr Green's belongings - including his mobile phone - were found at the remote location on the edge of Oare Marshes.

Access to the nature reserve via Church Road has been blocked off throughout the day as part of the police search.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

The identity of the body has not yet been confirmed. Mr Green's family have been notified of the discovery.

Oare Marshes nature reserve, near to where a body was found
Oare Marshes nature reserve, near to where a body was found
Mark Green's belongings were left on the shore
Mark Green's belongings were left on the shore

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