Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Schoolboy Is Killed in Speedboat Hit and Run

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Schoolboy Is Killed in Speedboat Hit and Run

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Byline: By Amy Cartmell

A Dutch man was being quizzed by police today over the Caribbean speedboat smash which killed a Tyneside schoolboy.

Luke Noble, 15, and his cousin Stephen, 18, were flung into the water in darkness when the speedboat sliced into their inflatable dinghy before roaring off.

Stephen was dragged to safety by an American friend following the high-speed smash.

But Luke of Hiram Drive, East Boldon, South Tyneside, disappeared under water, along with a second American, on Thursday night.

Rescue teams eventually found Luke's body floating on the surface of the water, early on Friday morning, just off Virgin Gorda, the second largest of the islands in British territory.

The cousins had been on board the dinghy with six other people, including their two friends, US citizens Duncan Campbell-Harty and Ian Murray.

Mr Campbell-Harty was also killed in the smash while Mr Murray was taken to hospital with Stephen, where they were treated for their injuries. Stephen was due to be released from hospital last night.

The driver of the boat, a Dutch man, fled the scene but was later tracked down by police for questioning.

Stephen's mum and Luke's aunt Lesley Noble said: "He didn't stop to help. The boys on the main boat were begging him to help but he sped off. It was unforgivable."

Luke had been half-way through a month-long holiday with Stephen who was visiting his parents Lesley and Tony who had moved to the British Virgin Islands about a year ago.

Luke's dad Mark Noble, who runs a newsagent's in East Boldon, last night flew out to the Virgin Islands to bring his son's body home.

Luke's mum Karen and his sister Gill, 11, and brother Adam, 18, stayed at the family home but were too upset to talk today.

Luke and Stephen had gone sailing for three days aboard a chartered yacht as part of a mini-trip organised with their American friends. …

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