A windsurfer who died after going missing in fog has been described as “a fantastic person”.
The body of Giles Stothert, 61, from Saltcote, Glasson Dock, was found on Middleton Sands near Morecambe Bay after a major search operation was launched for him.
Mr Stothert had been out with three friends on Sunday, but disappeared in foggy conditions near to the entrance to the River Lune, at the south end of Morecambe Bay.
He was last seen at around 4.20pm, and when he failed to come out of the water, friends called for emergency help.
A mission was launched by the Coastguard, RNLI, mountain rescue team and police air support.
At noon today, almost 20 hours since he was reported missing, Lancashire Police confirmed a body had been found.
Speaking from Mr Stothert’s home in Glasson Dock, a close friend to the family, who didn’t wish to be named said: “It’s a very difficult time for us.”
The father-of-two was the owner of upholstery business Stothert Decorative Cushions in Lancaster, which was not open for business today.
Paying tribute to him, employee Helen Mawson, who has worked for Mr Stothert for 15 years, said: “As you can imagine we are devastated at the news. We are all still in shock.”
She took to Facebook to say: “So so sad. Such a waste of life. A kind, fair and honest boss. You will be missed. RIP Giles.xx” Other staff members described him as a “fantastic person”.
Mr Stothert was also a long-term member of Glasson Sailing Club - located just yards from the beach he went windsurfing on Sunday.
After hearing the news, members of the public took to other social media sites to pay tribute to Mr Stothert.
Michelle Rowley said on Facebook: “Feeling very sad at the terrible news, thinking of you all at Stothert cushions past and present xxxx”