We have had sad news from Laos.
Early on the fourth day of searching, John Paul was found on one of the many beaches on the river and recovered by fishing boat.
Our brilliant, funny and much loved friend has gone.
Now, John Paul will begin his journey home.
Both families are now flying to Bangkok to meet Kate. She is making her way there with John Paul.
James McTiernan, who has been an enduring support throughout, continues to be invaluable in organising what is needed.
Kate's good friends Andrew and Phillippa Mckeown have also arrived in Laos to support her. She is in very good hands.
I have no information on how long it might take to get John Paul home. At this stage there is very little else to pass on.
John Paul's family have been so moved by what you've done for him.
You can't imagine.
John, Angela, Michele, and Kate's family, have all asked me to tell you that they can't thank you enough.
Michele will be at home, helping her parents from Middlesbrough.
Thank you all so much.
Rest in peace Johnny mate.