The loved ones of two fishermen who were found dead on board a boat have expressed their heartfelt gratitude after a community effort has raised thousands of pounds in their memory.
Mark Arries, 26, from Amble, and Eddie Ide, 21, who was from the town but was living in Blyth, were discovered in their beds on the morning of Wednesday, January 15, in Whitby harbour.
The friends had been working on the vessel M220 Eshcol and initial findings have shown that the pair, who were fathers to young children, were victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.
In a fitting tribute to them, the Whitby community has rallied to raise funds for their families and in an overwhelming show of gratitude, around £4,450 has been collected for the cause. Mark’s sister, Katy Stewart, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Whitby community.
“It is a very kind and generous thing to do and the amount raised was amazing.”
Eddie’s girlfriend, Sarah-Louise Tait, added: “The whole fishing community has given amazing support to both families. It is like a whole new family has come together and we can’t thank them enough for the support we have received.”
The majority of the funds were raised at a special benefit evening in the Fisherman’s Club last week, which was the brainchild of fishing family, the Halls.