Hearing opens into water deaths

INQUESTS into the deaths of two Ipswich men who drowned at Alton Water were due to be opened today at Ipswich police station.Nick Lloyd, 22, together with his 18-year-old friend Lee Page died in the early hours of Monday morning after the Taz dinghy they took out on Alton Water, in Ipswich, capsized.

INQUESTS into the deaths of two Ipswich men who drowned at Alton Water were due to be opened today at Ipswich police station.

Nick Lloyd, 22, together with his 18-year-old friend Lee Page died in the early hours of Monday morning after the Taz dinghy they took out on Alton Water, in Ipswich, capsized.

Today, Nick's girlfriend 19-year-old Hannah Mackenzie spoke of her memories.

She said: “They were the best of friends and wonderful lads. Nick had a heart of gold and would have done anything to help anyone.

“He was my world and I'll never forget his cheeky smile and bonkers sense of humour. He was the kind of person whom everyone loved, always up for a laugh always willing to please those around him.

“Nick and Lee will be missed badly by lots of people who lived around them and knew them. It is a tragic waste of two young lives, they will live on in our hearts and memories forever and can never be replaced.”

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Miss Mackenzie, who lives in Ipswich, had known Nick for four years. The couple had only just got back together and were looking forward to their future with each other.

She said: “I am grateful for the time we spent together, even though we had a few arguments we made each other happy.

“It's just so cruel after everything we had been through, and when we could laugh about all the bad stuff in the past, that he's been taken from us.”

She said she wanted people to know how wonderful he was and how much he meant to those around him.

“Nick was so special to me and many people, he truly was a one off.”

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