Mother pays tribute to scientist son killed in Madagascar

PUBLISHED: 13:51 19 October 2012

Nick Paige died in a freak accident on Saturday

Nick Paige died in a freak accident on Saturday

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THE mother of a scientist killed in Madagascar has paid tribute to her "very loving son".

Nick Paige, of Codicote, was enjoying a beach camp-fire on Saturday with colleagues when the roof of a three metre high overhang fell into the party.

The 24-year-old marine biologist and a French colleague were crushed at around 11pm and are believed to have died instantly.

His mother, Suzanne Paige, was on the computer looking for emails from Nick when the police knocked on her door to break the news.

The 61-year-old, who now lives in Suffolk, said: “Police came to the door and informed me they had some unfortunate news and confirmed who I am and asked if I have a son in Madagascar and informed me he has been killed in an accident.” She added: “He loved it [in Madagascar]. He really was interested in conservation and research and marine conservation.

“He loved the people he worked with and was there with and really loved the people in Madagascar.

“He was outgoing, very caring, very loving and was always interested in people. He cared about people and was always there to help out.

“Anyone in trouble he would help and give lifts to anyone who wanted them. If they were down he would be there to talk to them and bring them up.”

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