United in grief: Two British fathers embraced at Sri Lankan morgue while both frantically searching for their children killed in the Easter jihadi attacks – as IT worker is named final UK victim of atrocity

Matthew Linsey told yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson as they searched for their children in a hospital

24 April 2019 - 08:22

Two fathers who saw their British children killed in the Sri Lankan terror attacks embraced as they searched for their families in the bloody aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings.

Matthew Linsey told yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson as they searched for their children in a hospital. 

Mr Linsey, 61, told the Mail: 'We hugged and tried to support each other. We helped each other.'  

It comes as British IT director Lorraine Campbell, 55, from Manchester, was feared dead last night. 

Sri Lanka bombings:  From left to right Daniel and Amelie who died in the second blast, with father Matthew, older brother David and mother Angeline - at the Borobudur Indonesia Temple

Sri Lanka bombings:  From left to right Daniel and Amelie who died in the second blast, with father Matthew, older brother David and mother Angeline - at the Borobudur Indonesia Temple

Mr Nicholson (pictured with his family) has revealed his family were dining inside the Table One restaurant in the Shangri-La hotel, Colombo, when the bomb hit and 'mercifully died instantly and with no pain or suffering'

 Mr Nicholson (pictured with his family) has revealed his family were dining inside the Table One restaurant in the Shangri-La hotel, Colombo, when the bomb hit and 'mercifully died instantly and with no pain or suffering'

Hours earlier they had been strangers having breakfast in the Table One restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital Colombo with their families when it was bombed.

In the first blast, Mr Nicholson's wife Anita, 42, his son Alex, 14 and daughter Annabel, 11, were all killed instantly.

Investment manager Mr Linsey and his children Daniel, 19, and Amelie, 15, tried to flee, but the teenagers died in a second blast designed to target survivors and any rescuers rushing to their aid.

In a TV interview yesterday, Mr Linsey described his last minutes with his children.

Speaking to CNN in his London garden as eldest son David, 21, held him, Mr Linsey said the bomb was like a 'wave of pressure', and told how his children were serving his breakfast when the bomb exploded.

Matthew Linsey speaks to CNN about the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka in which his son Daniel and daughter Amelie were killed

Matthew Linsey speaks to CNN about the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka in which his son Daniel and daughter Amelie were killed

He added: 'My children were so nice – they actually went down to the buffet and filled up my plate.

'Then I wanted more to drink. I was going to get it, my daughter said, 'No, I'll get it' – and then the bomb went off and they both were running toward me, and I'm not sure whether that's what killed them or not.

'I knew there'd be another bomb because there always is.'

He said he wanted to escape as fast as possible with his children but the three of them fled straight into the second blast, adding: 'Maybe I should have just stayed and covered them with my body.'

He revealed how he tried to revive Daniel, a student at Westminster Kingsway College, before helping to carry him to an ambulance.

Mr Linsey said: 'They both were unconscious. My daughter seemed to be moving, my son wasn't. A woman offered to take my daughter downstairs to the ambulance – I needed help moving my son.

'Someone helped me move him down the stairs and they both ended up in the same hospital.'

He added: 'I lost track of my daughter in the confusion.

 

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