Fishing community struggles to come to terms with deaths

Flowers left at Amble harbour.
Flowers left at Amble harbour.

The close-knit fishing community has been rocked by the deaths of Mark Arries and Eddie Ide.

The pair have been described as smashing lads who were well-liked.

Harbour master Simon Baxter said: “Warkworth Harbour Commissioners and the Harbour Office staff are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected deaths of Mark and Eddie and our thoughts are with their families at this time.

“They worked on various fishing boats over the years, mainly from Amble, but they were known to travel further afield for work.

“They were popular and well-liked young men among the fishing community and Amble itself, the numerous floral tributes on the quayside are a testament to this.”

He believes that the local pubs are having a collection in order to raise some money for the families.

Among the floral tributes left at the quayside in Amble, one touching message of condolence reads: ‘RIP lads. Always in our thoughts. Gone but never forgotten’.

Another says: ‘Such a shock. Thinking of everyone’.

Both Mark and Eddie were members of Amble Sea Angling Club and secretary Les Weller said that the committee would discuss the possibility of having a tribute to both lads.

He said: “They are a sad loss to the club and to Amble. They were both smashing and bright lads.

“Our heart goes out to their families.”

Mark’s sister, Katy Stewart, said the fishing community has collected money for Eddie’s partner Sarah-Louise Tait and son Charlie, as well as Mark’s fiancée Kim and children Aiden and Lexi to help support them.

Thanks have also been given to the Fishermen’s Mission for its support.