Brother pays tribute to man who died in marine incident, Padstow
The brother of Nick Milligan who was killed in the speedboat tragedy in Padstow on Sunday 5 May has paid tribute to him.
“Nick, or Nicko as he was known to us, was an extremely loving father and husband, son and brother who doted on his family.
"As children and teenagers we spent many summers and New Years’ Eves at New Polzeath here in Cornwall, and a few years ago he built his dream house above Daymer Bay.
“That he and my delightful niece died in their favourite place at the end of a gloriously sunny bank holiday weekend provides us with a tiny glimmer of light.
“I would like to thank Devon and Cornwall Police and all the staff at Derriford Hospital who have been incredible.
“May I ask the media to please respect the family wishes for their privacy at this very difficult time.”
51-year-old Nick and an eight-year-old girl died as a result of the incident on the Camel Estuary near Padstow.
Police were called to the incident at 3.50pm which involved six people from the Wandsworth area of London who were on holiday in Cornwall.
A 39-year-old woman and three children (boy aged four and two girls aged 10 and 12) were all airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and are being treated for a range of injuries, some of which are life changing.
Formal identification of the girl who died has not yet taken place.
The privately owned boat has been recovered and taken to police premises for examination.
The police helicopter attended as well as paramedics, two search and rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RNB Chivenor, RNLI lifeboats from Rock and Padstow and three coastguard rescue teams from Newquay, St Merryn and Polzeath.
Police are investigating the incident on behalf of the HM Coroner. It is a joint investigation with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). Police and the MAIB are also being assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
If anyone has any information about the incident, please call police on 101 quoting log 603 of 05/05/13.
Release date: 07/05/2013 13:30
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