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A HEARTBROKEN family paid tribute to a “beautiful” father Matthew Philip Smith and daughter who were carried to death after being thrown off a wall into the sea by a “bizarre” wave.
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Matthew Philip Smith, 47, and Bonnie Marie Smith, 26, were killed after being washed off the harbor wall in Mullion Cove, Cornwall in stormy weather on November 2nd.
An investigation into her death has opened and a full hearing will follow.
The family from Abbeydale, Gloucestershire were on vacation at the time of double tragedy.
Bonnie’s brothers raised the alarm after realizing their father and sister had been thrown into the water, The Falmouth Packet reported.
Horrified witnesses described the sea conditions as wild, with waves from the “boiling” sea pounding against the harbor wall.
“Loved by everyone”
Bonnie and Matthew were ripped from the water and taken to Truro Hospital before their deaths were confirmed.
Matthew’s devastated father, James Smith, 71, held back tears today as he paid tribute to his son and granddaughter who worked as engineers at Openreach.
He told Sun Online, “Matthew has been my best friend in the whole world. I miss him so much.
“He was loved by everyone. His family loved him and his engineers at work loved him.
“Bonnie was an absolutely lovely young woman who followed in her father’s footsteps to become an engineer at the same company.
“She was just beautiful. I was so proud of her.
“I can’t believe they are no longer with us. November was a terrible, terrible month.
Matthew was a director covering the South West of England
Matthew was a director covering the South West of England for communications giant Openreach.
Bonnie and Matthew were in Cornwall with their brothers Mitchel, 22 and Oliver, 20.
James added, “They knew the area and stopped there for a few days.
“I was told that the wave it was taking was just a strange wave, five meters high, maybe more. It’s just heartbreaking.
Bonnie’s mother Theresa praised her “beautiful and precious little girl” in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
Two days after the tragedy, Theresa wrote: “My boys and I need time to deal with the tragic events of Monday evening when my little girl was taken from us.
“Anyone who had the privilege of knowing my darling would know how beautiful and precious she is, she will and will be forever.
“My two boys were so strong and amazing – not only did they lose their sister, they lost their father too.”
A shocked neighbor told Sun Online, “It’s heartbreaking. What a lovely family and perfect neighbors.
“Matthew was dedicated to his children. He was a wonderful father and a good man.
“Bonnie was always great fun and was a very confident young woman.”
Two RNLI lifeboats had tried to rescue Bonnie and Matthew with six winches, with waves up to five meters and waves crashing against the harbor wall.
Joanna Cockings, who runs the Porthmellin Tea Room on the bay with her family, said the two sons knocked on her door to sound the alarm.
She praises the heroic lifeboat crews who have fought in vain to get father and daughter out of the sea.
She said, “You were just amazing; amazingly calm and professional. The heroism on her part really blew me away.
“Some were handcuffed and torched down the harbor wall to locate them.
“It was under dire conditions; Some waves were meters high. You are so brave.