Tragic Seaplane Pilot Farewelled In Sydney
The family of Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan who died in a seaplane crash on New Year's Eve have described him as a caring son and brother "who never ceased to make us proud".
Family, friends and work co-workers of the 44-year-old attended a church service in Sydney on Wednesday to pay tribute to him.
He was killed on December 31 along with five British tourists when the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver he was flying crashed into Jerusalem Bay on the Hawkesbury River.
A crowd of more than 100 people were at the Waverley church service where Mr Morgan was described as "a man of God" and "a great pilot".
He died along with high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather.
Mr Morgan's Canadian family arrived in Sydney on Friday and immediately thanked the men who desperately tried to save the pilot and his passengers as the damaged plane sank to the riverbed.
"We would like to thank the police and emergency services for their great diligence at this tragic time," the family said in a statement.
"We would also like to give thanks to the civilians that tried to assist in the immediate aftermath of the accident and Gareth's friends and colleagues in Australia who have helped us through the past few days."
Mr Morgan's family said Gareth "was a wonderful and caring son and brother who never ceased to make us proud".
"His loss is devastating," they said.