Tributes paid to Northumberland fishermen found dead on boat in Whitby Harbour

Tributes have been paid to two fishermen from Northumberland who were found dead on a boat in Whitby Harbour

The fishing boat in Whitby harbour where the two men died
The fishing boat in Whitby harbour where the two men died

Two fishermen from Northumberland have been found dead in a boat moored at a North Sea harbour.

Mark Arries, 26, from Amble, and Edward Ide, 21, from Blyth, were yesterday named as the two men found dead in a fishing boat at Whitby Harbour on Wednesday morning.

The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained with an investigation under way.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident. Reports have suggested the men suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, having left an oven ring burning throughout the night to provide heat.

Mark and Edward’s loved ones identified their bodies yesterday afternoon, before police officially released their names. Tributes were being paid to them on Facebook and at Amble, where flowers were left at the harbour the pair often fished from.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police were called to the boat Eschol M220, from Wales but previously seen in Amble, which was moored in Whitby harbour at 9.55am on Wednesday, “after concern was raised for the safety of the occupants”.

On arrival they found the bodies of two people who were then pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Reports have suggested the boat had been berthed beside a market building in the harbour to allow it to be refuelled, and that the men were found in their beds.

Floral tributes left at Amble harbour for Mark Arries, 26, from Amble, and Edward Ide, 21, from Blyth
Floral tributes left at Amble harbour for Mark Arries, 26, from Amble, and Edward Ide, 21, from Blyth
 

A police statement said: “Although the deaths are currently unexplained there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident. The Health and Safety Executive and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed of the deaths.”

Mark is said to have been born at Amble, and to have attended the town’s Coquet High School. He is understood to have lived with fiancee Kim Grieve and their young daughter.

Edward is said to be originally from Amble and to have attended the same school, and to have lived with his girlfriend.

Both men have been fishermen since school, with Mark’s dad and brother also in the trade.

At Amble harbour yesterday, Mark’s cousin Karl Stewart, 27, who lives in the town, described the pair as “really kind-hearted people”.

He said: “They had a heart for everybody. Mark was a family man. He always stuck to his fishing. He needed to work and he would do it for people. And Eddie was the same.

“Mark was born in Amble, he wanted to be on the boats from when he was little. Fishing was his life.

“They were based here but they went everywhere really.

“They were great lads, both of them.”

Emily Wintrip, 25, from Amble, a friend of Mark’s since nursery, added: “He was a lovely laddie, really nice, you could not get a better person.

“He loved what he was doing at sea, it was all he has ever wanted to do from school, it is just a tragedy it had to end at sea.”

Emily had visited the harbour earlier to lay flowers, as had a number of other people in the town.

Messages of condolence have been left on Kim’s Facebook page and tributes were also paid on the Facebook group Fishing News.

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