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Sydney seaplane: Tributes paid to family killed in crash

January 1, 2018 3:28 pm

Tributes have been paid to the UK family killed in a seaplane crash near Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

Colleagues of Richard Cousins, 58, chief executive of one of the world’s largest catering companies, Compass Group, described his “great humanity”.

He died alongside his fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, a campaigner.

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Australian pilot Gareth Morgan, who also died, was known as “a gentle guy”.

All six died when the seaplane – which belonged to a firm running sightseeing tours – plunged into a river 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney.
‘Deeply shocked’

The family, from Tooting, in south-west London, were reportedly flying back to Sydney from an exclusive waterfront restaurant in Jerusalem Bay on New Year’s Eve.

The crash happened in Hawkesbury River, near the suburb of Cowan, at about 15:10 local time (04:10 GMT) on Sunday, police said.

The cause is not yet known and investigators say it could be many months before they can piece together events.

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