Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drowned Man 'Besotted' with His Children

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Drowned Man 'Besotted' with His Children

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Byline: David Churchill

CAMPAIGNER Camila Batmanghelidjh today told how the partner of a charity worker who drowned trying to rescue his son is in "deep shock" over his death.

Tony Wilkinson, an outreach worker for children's charity Kids Company, died after becoming caught in a strong current as he tried to help Jake, his son with journalist Decca Aitkenhead, who was swept out to sea off Jamaica.

The family, who had been staying at Treasure Beach on the south coast of Jamaica, had gone for a walk along Calabash Bay with their sons Jake, four, and Joe, three, when Jake waded into the water to paddle but was pulled under the water by hidden currents. Mr Wilkinson, 49, described as "incredibly fit and strong," ran after Jake, but was caught in a powerful undertow and swept away during the incident last Thursday.

Ms Batmanghelidjh said: "Decca is in deep shock at the moment. That's as much as I can tell you.

"He was absolutely besotted with his children. …

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