Body found at pier
Last updated at 06:43, Thursday, 10 February 2011
TRIBUTES are being paid to a Barrow dad who was found dead on Tuesday.
Paul Larkin had gone missing during a wildfowling trip at the weekend.
Shortly after 9am on Tuesday, a member of the public spotted a body half-a-mile off the shore at Millom Pier, Haverigg, near to Borwick Rails.
Police confirmed it was that of 53-year-old Mr Larkin of Victoria Avenue, Barrow. The BAE Systems pipe fitter disappeared while out with his son and a friend on Angerton Marsh, between Kirkby and Foxfield on the Duddon Estuary.
When Mr Larkin failed to return to an agreed meeting point as the tide swept in, they became worried.
After a frantic search they alerted the emergency services about 11.20am on Saturday and a major air and sea search was launched.
His son Mike Larkin was out with him that morning and said they were experienced wildfowlers and he himself had been going out shooting since he was young.
He said he, brother Barrow Raiders’ centre Chris Larkin, 24, and mum Lynne, were still in shock and trying to come to terms with what had happened.
He said his dad was a massive rugby fan and had taken both boys to games and training since they were young.
Mike Larkin said: “He was a man who would do anything for anyone. If he was asked he would go out of his way to help.
“He wasn’t just a dad he was like my best mate. He was always there for us taking us to games. He was also a fantastic husband to my mum.
“It just doesn’t seem real. It hasn’t sunk in really. We can’t believe he has gone. We will all miss him so much.
“There are so many people we want to thank such as the coastguard and police, especially Diane. Thank you to all the rescue teams involved and the RAF. We would also like to thank everyone at The Ship Inn at Kirkby and the people of Kirkby who were brilliant and friends, family and neighbours who have showed us so much support.”
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and an inquest is expected to be opened this week by South and East Cumbria coroner Mr Ian Smith.
Coastguard crews from Walney, Millom, Whitehaven and Arnside and an RAF Sea King search helicopter were also scrambled to the scene at the weekend.
South Lakes Search and Rescue, Bay Search and Rescue Team and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team and Haverigg Inshore Rescue also attended the search.
First published at 13:51, Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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my thoughts r with u all at this very sad time paul was a loveley man love to u all caroline (rays daughter) xx
Well bud , we have shot together for 25 years Things could have been different if i had come out with you after you pestered me !.But thats another story ,will miss you loads . Moon flights will never be the same . We did 3 days
on the marshes looking the boys did you proud !Thoughts with all your family .
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