Irish man found dead in kayak cut his own throat, inquest hears
An Irish man found dead on a beach in the UK, sparking a six-week missing persons hunt, cut his own throat, an inquest concluded.
Dr Morgan Savage (40) was found strapped into a kayak on the Isle of Wight last September with no identification and appeared to have suffered a series of stab wounds to his neck.
Last October an inquest was opened by the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Office into Mr Savage’s death, and this week it returned a verdict of suicide.
The inquest heard that one of the three wounds on the 40-year-old’s neck had pierced his jugular – something all doctors would know would cause a heart attack, a pathologist said while giving evidence.
Originally from Cork, Mr Savage had worked as a geriatric psychiatrist at a Dublin hospital until he left his job last July.
The inquest also heard from police that the Irish canoeist was found with a rucksack filled with large rocks and a Stanley knife.
Following the discovery of Mr Savage’s body, British police launched a public appeal to help identify his remains.
Concerned relatives came forward mid-October after the search was extended to Ireland following witness accounts that a man “with an Irish accent” matching Mr Savage’s description was last seen renting a canoe near East Sussex a week before he disappeared.
Speaking to the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Office, a family member said the Cork native had been an “extremely intelligent” and “private” man, who had enjoyed travelling on his own.