Family Tributes To Teens Killed In Crash

13 June 2019, 16:09 | Updated: 13 June 2019, 16:13

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The families of the two 19-year-olds from Kent who were killed in a car crash in Bolivia have released tributes to them.

Freddie McLennan and Joe Atkins were former students at Cranbrook School and had been travelling after finishing their A-levels. Their car flipped over while being driven on Bolivia's famous Salar de Uyuni - the world's largest salt flats.

Their driver - a 22-year-old named locally as Alberto Barco also died in the crash on Sunday, while a third British man was taken to hospital.

Mr McLennan's family paid tribute to him as an exceptional young man who was "as caring as he was fun to be with".

In a statement released through the Foreign Office they said, “As a son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend to all those who knew him, he was as caring as he was fun to be with.

"He excelled at school and his exam results were a source of great pride. He was thoroughly enjoying his opportunity to travel and experience new parts of the world, before preparing for the next stage in his life at Leeds University.

"The friends he made through Cranbrook and the different sports clubs he played with over the years, know they have also lost a special individual.

"We are eternally grateful that Freddie came into our lives. We are struggling to come to terms with his passing. He brought a joy and love to us, which we will always remember, but miss greatly.”

"He excelled at school and his exam results were a source of great pride.

"He was thoroughly enjoying his opportunity to travel and experience new parts of the world, before preparing for the next stage in his life at Leeds University.

"We are eternally grateful that Freddie came into our lives. We are struggling to come to terms with his passing.

"He brought a joy and love to us, which we will always remember, but miss greatly."

A statement from the family of Joe Atkins said, "Joe had a character brimming with kindness and humility, and anyone that knew him was struck by his understated yet self-assured nature.

"Quietly intuitive, he always knew the right thing to say, and the role that he decided to play as the calming presence and fiercely loyal friend, will be forever appreciated by those that knew him.

"Always seeking the fun side of life as a little boy, he grew up to be a young man that loved family dog walks as much as nights out with friends, and he remained quietly ambitious and determined in his pursuit of a career in engineering, for which he achieved such fantastic A-level results.

"In a recent call to his family, he was clearly so elated with the adventure he'd been sharing with his best friends. He said just how much he was looking forward to being back to enjoy home comforts, and to move on to the next stage at the University of Bristol.

"Joey was the son that gave us endless pride, the brother that brought laughter to our home and the friend that you'd always want by your side."