The mother of Joe Bampton, who died in the Luxor hot air balloon crash with his girlfriend Zsi Gyetvai, has described the pair as “wonderfully creative and sensitive individuals”.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Maureen Bampton said: “I would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence, cards and flowers following the tragic deaths of my son Joe Bampton and his girlfriend Zsi Gyetvai in Egypt on Tuesday.
“My son and Zsi were wonderfully creative and sensitive individuals who lived life to the full and enjoyed being in Clapham Common with their dog Ollie.
“Joe and Zsi will be sadly missed by their families, and work colleagues and their many, many good friends.”
The couple from Clapham who were killed in the Egypt hot air balloon accident were described today as beautiful people who lived life to the full.
Joe Bampton and his partner Suzanna Gyetvai were among 19 tourists killed near Luxor on a dawn balloon flight yesterday.
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Friends and colleagues of the couple from Clapham, killed in the Egyptian hot-air balloon crash, have spoken of their heartbreak at the news of the disaster.
Joe Bampton and his partner Suzanna Jet-vay were on holiday in the city of Luxor - when a balloon ride went tragically wrong.
Michael Sibert reports.
A neighbour of the couple who died in the Egypt hot air balloon crash yesterday expressed her shock over their deaths.
Allison Robertson, 56, who lived next door, said: "They were a lovely couple - very quiet, unassuming people. It's such a waste of life. They were young and it's very sad."
Joe Bampton and his partner Suzanna Gyetvai worked as antiques dealers and had lived at their home in Clapham for two to three years, Ms Robertson added.
Neighbour Bernard Gentry, 53, said: "They were a pleasant couple. I used to speak to them in the garden with their dog. I'm shocked they could die in such tragic circumstances on holiday."
A British national and a British resident who died in the hot air balloon crash in Egypt have been named by Press Association sources as Joe Bampton, 40, and his Hungarian-born partner Suzanna Gyetvai, 34, both from Clapham, London.
A London couple on board a hot-air balloon which burst into flames and crashed during a sightseeing trip in Egypt today, killing 19 tourists, are reportedly among the dead.