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Body found in search for Tasmanian kayaker

Valentine Bester was reported missing on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Supplied/Tasmania Police
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The body of a teenage kayaker who went missing in southern Tasmania has been found.

Valentine Bester, 19, was reported missing by friends on Thursday night after failing to complete a day trip.

He set off from Roches Beach, east of Hobart, around 11am and was intending to reach Lime Beach on the Tasman Peninsula.

A member of the public found a body, believed to belong to Mr Bester, at a boat ramp in the area on Friday morning.

Friends said he had planned to trace the coastline around Seven Mile Beach and Carlton River. They reported him missing around 5:30pm on Thursday.

Search efforts resumed at first light on Friday. Photo: ABC News/Nicole Price

“Our thoughts are with Valentine’s family and loved ones at this difficult time,” Acting Inspector Michael Foster said after a large-scale air and sea search.

Crews are working to find the missing kayak.

Conditions have been windy in Tasmania’s south, with a severe weather warning in place for gusts up to 100km/h.