Tributes paid to tragic friends
TRIBUTES have been paid to two best friends who were killed in a boating tragedy at a Suffolk reservoir.The bodies of Martlesham chefs Lee Page and Nick Lloyd were both recovered from Alton Water, near Ipswich, on Monday after an 11-hour search.
TRIBUTES have been paid to two best friends who were killed in a boating tragedy at a Suffolk reservoir.
The bodies of Martlesham chefs Lee Page and Nick Lloyd were both recovered from Alton Water, near Ipswich, on Monday after an 11-hour search.
They had been enjoying a barbecue on the beach and had taken out a Taz dinghy, which later capsized.
Mr Page, who is believed to be 18 and Mr Lloyd, 22, lived and worked at the Red Lion pub in Martlesham as trainee chefs.
Liz King, a former colleague at the pub, paid tribute to the boys and said she was deeply upset at the tragedy.
She said: “They were lovely boys, they really were. They were good lads who would do anything for anybody. They were best mates and typical teenagers.
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“It's hard to believe I am not going to see their cheeky little faces anymore. “They were full of mischief, but good lads.”
The owner of the Red Lion, Heather Chandler, also spoke of her sadness at the tragedy.
She said: “Nick had been here for about five months and Lee for more than two years.
“I only took over three months ago but we work full-time and they both lived here and we live here and we saw them every day.
“They were both studying for NVQs. They were very, very close friends. It was always Nick and Lee, Lee and Nick.
“They were both really nice guys and were young and had a laugh.
“At this very sad time our thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends.”
A member of staff at Alton Water Sports Centre said workers were upset over the tragedy and that the centre would remain closed until Saturday.
Police officers investigating the accident believe alcohol may have played a part in the incident.
There is also said to be a lot of weed under the surface of the water, which could have made it difficult to swim.
The reservoir is regularly used by dinghy racers and windsurfers, but there is no unauthorised sailing during the hours of darkness.
Police have also issued a warning to the public in response to the accident
Inspector Tris Pepper, of Suffolk police said: “We hope that this tragic case will serve as a warning of the potential dangers of boating on rivers or lakes.”