Tributes paid to Codicote scientist who died in freak accident

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:49 17 October 2012

Nick Paige died in a freak accident on Saturday night

Nick Paige died in a freak accident on Saturday night

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TRIBUTES have flooded in for a young scientist who was killed in a freak accident in Madagascar on Saturday night.

He had just had his contract extended by the firm and was set to take on new responsibilities as well as his existing teaching and research roles.

Blue Ventures is working with locals to create sustainable marine environments and the company’s director Richard Nimmo, who lives in Welwyn Garden City, said Nick was “certainly one of the best staff we have ever employed”.

Mr Nimmo said: “We were shocked to hear last Saturday night from our team in Madagascar about what appears to have been a freak accident during a social evening.

“We have contacted the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the French government officials concerned, as well as the relevant Malagasy authorities.

“The families of both individuals have now been informed about the incident, and repatriation is being arranged.

“Naturally, we are offering full support and counselling to our team of staff and volunteers as well as the next of kin of those affected. I am flying out to Madagascar... to help with this support along with a counsellor who specialises in bereavement and trauma support.

“Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of our colleagues who have tragically died.”

For more on this tragic story buy this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times which went on sale this morning (Wednesday).

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