Relatives of four members of the same family who died in a Canadian seaplane crash have paid tribute – and asked to be allowed to grieve in private.
Richard Hewitt, 50 and Fiona Hewitt, 52 died instantly alongside their children Harry, 14 and Felicity, 17, when the seaplane they were sight seeing from on the last day of their holiday crashed into a mountain side in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec province.
Talented squash player Harry attended Aylesbury Grammar School, and Felicity was due to start her A Level year at Aylesbury High School in September.
In a statement released via the Foreign Office, the family said: “The Hewitt family, from Milton Keynes, were visiting the area as part of a special holiday. Their families are devastated by the news of this tragic incident and are struggling to come to terms with the loss of the entire family.
“Please respect the family’s wishes for privacy in this deeply distressing time and we ask to be left to grieve in private.”
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offered his heatfelt condolences to the relatives left behind by the tragedy.
He said: “This terrible incident has taken the lives of all on board, including four British nationals. My thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends at this difficult time.
“Our High Commission in Ottawa is in close contact with the Canadian authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the relatives of those who were killed.”
The pilot of the seaplane, and Emilie Delaitre, a 28-year-old French tourist were also killed in the crash.
Mrs Hewitt worked as a Shiatsu therapist at a complimentary health centre a short distance from the family’s home in Milton Keynes, Bucks.
Dr Peter Berkin, who runs Alternatives with his wife, said: “She was just a lovely, lovely lady who was a natural healer.
“She had been treating people with us for 15 years. She was our longest serving therapist. She was with us right from the beginning.
“She was very popular with clients.
“They were a lovely family with young children. We have seen her children be born and grow up.”