Tributes have been paid to the uk family killed in a seaplane accident near Sydney on the Eve of New Year.
Colleagues of Richard Cousins, 58, chief executive of one of the world’s largest catering companies, Compass Group, described his “great humanity”.
Was killed along with his girlfriend, editor of the magazine Emma Bowden, of 48 years, his son of 11 years of age, daughter Heather, and their children, Edward, age 23, and William, 25, and a defender.
Australian rider Gareth Morgan, who also died, was known as “a friendly guy”.
All six died when the float plane – which belonged to a company running sightseeing tours – sank in a river 30 miles (50 km) north of Sydney.
‘The big blow’
The family, of Tooting, in the south-west of London, according to reports, were flying back to Sydney from an exclusive restaurant on the sea front at Jerusalem Bay, on the Eve of New Year.
The accident occurred on the River Hawkesbury, near the suburb of Cowan, at around 15:10 local time (04:10 GMT) on Sunday, police said.
The cause is still not known and investigators say it may be many months before they can reunite the pieces of events.
Richard Cousins had been executive director of the FTSE 100 firm Compass Group in Surrey since 2006 – and that had been due to retire in September.
Compass chairman Paul Walsh said the company was “deeply shocked and saddened”.
“It has been a great privilege to know Richard personally and work with him during the last few years,” he said.
“Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a direct style that transforms the Compass into one of Britain’s leading companies.”
The lord of the Cousins, a great cricket fan, was a regular visitor to the Kia Oval in Kennington.”Great heart”
His son, William Cousins, was head of press at the Open of great Britain, which campaigns against a hard Brexit.
The group’s chairman Roland Rudd said it was “an extraordinary young man who had a deep pride in your work” and would be “missed beyond words.”
The labour MP Chuka Umunna described William as “an absolute pleasure to work with, totally dedicated to the cause, dynamic and full of enthusiasm.”
“He went about things with great heart and sense of humor,” he added.
Fellow Labour MP Chris Leslie tweeted that William was “an exceptionally talented chief of the press” who would be deeply missed.
Arts editor of Ms Bowden, who worked on OK! journal of 15 years, was the “Grace Kelly” from the office, according to the former editor-in-chief, Lisa Byrne.
She was real, serene, well-educated and could keep calm under pressure, he said.
Friend of the family Jan Gleeson said mrs. Bowden was “a beautiful and positive person”, that “the propagation of light and happiness among his friends and family”.
Her daughter Heather, who was a great friend of mrs. Gleeson, the son of the was “funny, charming and always a pleasure to be with,” he said.
“Richard is a charming man and together they were all to find the happiness that had so long deserved,” he added.
Edward Cousins had recently graduated from the University of St Andrews, where he was president of the university Mixed Martial Arts Club.
Friend Alex Brinkman, said on Facebook that Ed’s “sense of humor and bright personality” of training that much better, and it “embodies what it means to be a martial artist”.
The single-engine plane belonged to the tourism of flight of the company Sydney Seaplanes offers scenic flights over the local tourist attractions.
Aaron Shaw, executive director of the firm, described Mr. Morgan, the pilot, as a “kid friendly”.
“The ringing of their parents the day was one of the worst calls I have ever had to do in my life,” he said.
He added that all flights had been suspended.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said that the sequence of events leading to the accident was not yet understood.
The witnesses said that the plane turned sharply to the right shortly after takeoff.
The plane then crashed into the river and sank quickly, ATSB said.
A witness told a radio station that he had seen a house floating as the plane after a fall.
He said that he had dived in and tried, without success, to open the fuselage door because the plane was sinking rapidly.
Police divers were flown to the scene, and all six bodies were recovered Sunday night.
The uk Foreign Office said that consular officials were in contact with the local authorities and the staff were “ready to provide consular assistance”.