Missing man found dead two weeks after vanishing in Swiss lake

Bren Orton, 29, disappeared on May 16 while on a trip to Lake Maggiore,
-Credit: (Image: Bren Orton / Instagram)

A man from Warrington has died after vanishing in a river in Switzerland.

Kayaker Bren Orton, 29, disappeared on May 16 while on a trip to Lake Maggiore, which straddles Switzerland and Italy. His body was found in the lake on Thursday after a two-week search.

A Swiss police spokesperson said on Thursday: "Shortly before 1pm in Locarno, the lifeless body of the man who disappeared on 16 May while kayaking in the Melezza was found in the waters of Lake Maggiore. The alarm was triggered by a sailor who found the body in the water and immediately notified the emergency services."

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Bren, who was from Warrington, was an ambassador for Runcorn-based Pyranha Kayaks. The firm said in a statement yesterday: "It is with immense sadness that we announce that our friend and ambassador Bren Orton is no longer with us.

"It has been reported that Bren’s body was recovered yesterday in Lago Maggiore, Italy, following a tragic accident on the nearby river Melezza on the 16th of May.

"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."

Bren frequently documented his kayaking trips on Instagram. He had almost 59,000 followers on the social media platform.

In a 2020 interview for the Athlete Media Group, he said: "This sport that challenges you on so many levels, provides access to some of the nicest people on the planet and takes a kid from Warrington to Africa in pursuit of the best rapids".

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