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Surrey businessman and family named as victims in Sydney seaplane crash

Mr Cousins' company had interests throughout our region Credit: PA

Tributes have been paid to a high-profile Surrey businessman and his family after they were killed in a seaplane crash in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief executive of the world's largest catering company, died alongside his sons Will and Edward, aged 25 and 23, his fiancée Emma Bowden, 48, and her 11-year-old daughter Heather while they were on holiday in Australia.

The group were were on a return flight to Sydney's Rose Bay, close to Sydney Harbour, when the small aircraft apparently nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay, 25 miles north of Sydney city centre, at about 3.10pm (4.10am GMT) on Sunday.

The pilot was named as Australian Gareth Morgan, 44, who worked for Sydney Seaplanes.

Mr Cousins was the chief executive of FTSE 100 company The Compass Group. The company, based in Guildford Street, Chertsey, recently announced a partnership with the University of Oxford.