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A heartbroken family paid tribute to a “beautiful” father, Matthew Philip Smith, and his daughter, who were led to their deaths after being thrown from a wall by a “strange” wave.
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Matthew Philip Smith, 47, and Bonnie Marie Smith, 26, were killed after being swept over the harbor wall at Mullion Cove, Cornwall, in stormy weather on November 2.
An investigation into his death has been opened and a full hearing will follow.
The family from Abbeydale, Gloucestershire were on vacation at the time of the double tragedy.
Bonnie’s siblings 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 “boiling” ocean waves pounding against the harbor wall.
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Bonnie and Matthew were plucked 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 all over the world. I miss him a lot.
“He was loved by everyone. His family loved him and his engineers at work loved him.
“Bonnie was an absolutely charming 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 the 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.
“They told me that the wave I was taking was just a strange wave, five meters high, maybe more. It is simply heartbreaking.
Bonnie’s mother, Theresa, praised her “beautiful, precious child” in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
Two days after the tragedy, Theresa wrote: “My children and I need time to deal with the tragic events of Monday night when my little girl was taken from us.
“Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting my beloved would know how beautiful and precious she is, will be and will be forever.
“My two sons were so strong and amazing, they not only lost their sister, they also lost their father.”
A shocked neighbor told Sun Online: “It’s heartbreaking. What a beautiful family and perfect neighbors.
“Matthew dedicated himself to his children. He was a wonderful father and a good man.
“Bonnie was always a lot of fun and she was a very confident young woman.”
Two RNLI lifeboats had attempted to rescue Bonnie and Matthew with six winches, with waves of 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 children knocked on her door to sound the alarm.
Praise the heroic lifeboat crews who have fought in vain to get father and daughter out of the sea.
She said, “You were just amazing; incredibly calm and professional. The heroism on her part really amazed me.
“Some were handcuffed and the port wall set on fire to locate them.
“It was in horrible conditions; Some waves were meters high. You are so brave.