A trio of youngsters rescued from floodwater in their kayak by the emergency services are trying to trace the vessel, which is missing from the banks of the River Otter.

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The hunt is on to find a birthday present kayak left on the banks of the River Otter after three youngsters were rescued from floodwater.

The trio of children fear their new orange and red Perception Scooter kayak, costing more than £300, and an attached orange paddle and inflatable ‘ringo’ has been stolen after they were forced to abandon their equipment when they got into difficulty in the water in mid-August, flowing a day of heavy rain, and were rescue by the coastguard.

The kayak was last seen on August 17, close to Otter Mill, when emergency services responded to concerns for safety after a dog walker spotted the boys’ abandoned kayak.

The search was called off when it was discovered the kayak was from the earlier rescue.

The boys’ mum, who did not want to be named, said: “A dog walker was concerned that someone was in difficulty but after checking with the coastguard at Portland they realised it was left after the original incident. They chose to leave it there as it was still too dangerous to reach it.

“The dog walker had assumed that they had recovered it but it wasn’t seen again.

“The coastguard rescue services performed a fantastic rescue up sheer cliffs after the children got into difficulty but unfortunately could not rescue the kayak, which had to be left until the water had subsided.

“Sadly by Sunday, August 19 the kayak and ringo, which were left secured to the bank, had gone missing.

“The children, having been through this ordeal, have now lost a much-treasured birthday present.”

If you know the whereabouts of the kayak, or have any other information, call 01395 232039 or 07530 269988.

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