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Egypt balloon crash tourist originally from Merseyside

Joe Bampton Photo: Facebook

One of the tourists killed in the balloon crash in Egypt, which left a total of 19 people dead, was originally from Wallasey in Merseyside.

Joe Bampton and his partner Suzanna Gyetvai, a British resident, had been living in Clapham, south London.

The Liverpool Echo reported that Mr Bampton was a visual artist originally from Wallasey.

The former St Mary's College pupil was a well-known face on the Liverpool art scene, having taken part in the Liverpool Biennial and its predecessor Visionfest, the newspaper reported.

After finishing school, Mr Bampton went to Wirral Metropolitan College before studying at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Schoolfriend Sean Dutton said Mr Bampton was "a fantastic artist", adding: "He was a quiet, calm bloke with a dry and wicked sense of humour, a lovely man with a striking wit."

Yvonne Rennie, from Perth in Scotland, Mr Bampton and Hungarian-born Ms Gyetvai died in the tragedy in Luxor, Egypt - the biggest accident of its kind in history.

Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion before seeing plumes of smoke as the balloon caught fire and people were seen jumping out from "about the height of a seven-storey building".