Police have confirmed that the body found off the north-east coast of Scotland last week was that of missing kayaker Dominic Jackson.
The 35-year-old was reported missing after heading out from his home for a paddling trip.
His body was found in the water near Lybster about midday on Thursday following a search by the Police Scotland helicopter. The Wick lifeboat helped recover the body.
Inspector Kevin Goldie, who helped lead the police search, said: “I can sadly confirm that the body recovered on Thursday has been identified as Dominic’s.
“His family has been made aware and we are supporting them at this very difficult time. This is not the outcome anyone wanted, and our thoughts are obviously with all of Dominic’s family and friends.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the community and volunteers for their support. I know it was a great source of comfort to his family and came as no surprise given the community spirit in the area.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to the teams who carried out painstaking searches both here in the North-East and further north. The terrain is challenging and the dangers of operations like this can never be underestimated.
“Thank you also to members to the public who provided police with information as we tried to piece together Dominic’s last movements. Your information was invaluable.”