Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Tells of Son's Love for Tees Diver amid Heartbreak of How Couple May Have Lost Their Lives

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Tells of Son's Love for Tees Diver amid Heartbreak of How Couple May Have Lost Their Lives

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Byline: Marco Giannangeli

This is the first picture of Teesside woman Janine Davison-Evans and her boyfriend Hank Austin taken together just weeks before they tragically drowned while scuba-diving in a flooded gravel pit.

Last night dramatic post-mortem results suggested that head chef Hank might have run out of air or dived too deep.

However, his distraught father described his son as an experienced diver who was "too responsible to be careless".

The 25-year-old drowned while scuba-diving with his "true love" in the murky depths of a flooded quarry.

The couple were described as being "made for each other".

Desperate to get help, 27-year-old Janine, from Roseworth in Stockton, may have ascended too quickly from the murky depths, resulting in her lungs bursting.

The alarm was raised on Good Friday when staff at the National Diving Centre in Tidenham, Gloucester, noticed the couple's car was still in the car park.

A massive underwater search operation was launched by police using sonic radar and remote control submarines.

Their bodies were found together three days later 200ft underwater on a ledge near the bottom of the gravel pit.

The shock deaths happened just a week before the nanny, from Rochdale Avenue, was due to introduce chef Hank to her parents.

The couple met a year ago and fell in love while Janine worked for millionaires Glyn and Joanna Lloyd in Sunningdale, Berkshire, and Hank, from nearby Ascot, was head chef for a Hitachi factory in Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire.

Forensic scientists were yesterday examining "dive computers" which could reveal the sequence of events which led to the double tragedy.

A post-mortem examination on Hank revealed he drowned, possibly after diving too deeply or losing track of time.

Speaking yesterday from his home in Ascot, Berkshire, Hank's father John Austin said his son had been diving for ten years and took the sport very seriously. …

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