REGIONAL: West Sussex couple named as victims of Grand Canyon helicopter crash

A Worthing receptionist is reportedly among three people who died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 1:53 pm
Updated Monday, 12th February 2018, 1:58 pm
Stuart Hill, who has been named as one of the victims. Picture: Sean Reeves/PA

The BBC has reported that Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, died in Saturday’s crash.

It is understood that three other Britons, Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39, were injured in the crash, along with pilot Scott Booth, 42, when the helicopter, on a tour of the canyon, came down at about 5.20pm local time in Arizona.

Miss Dobson worked at Vets4Pets in Lyon’s Farm in Sompting Road, Worthing.

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Miss Dobson’s father Peter Dobson told the Press Association his daughter was ‘full of life and looking forward to going to Vegas for her boyfriend’s 30th birthday to celebrate’.

‘She was a lovely girl. Everyone liked her, she liked her travelling - she went to Australia for a year to travel round.

‘She was always happy. They just went for a long weekend; a four-night break. They were staying in Vegas, they had been looking forward to it for a long time.

‘They [Stuart and Becky] have known each other quite a while, they both live in Worthing,’ he said.

‘They were really happy together, they were always going out and doing things, just enjoyed being with each other. The whole thing is just terrible.’

A spokesman for Vets4Pets said: ‘We were all devastated to learn of Becky’s loss in this tragic accident.

‘She will be greatly missed by all her colleagues in the practice and by our clients.

‘Our thoughts are with Becky’s family and friends at this very difficult time.’

According to her biography on the Vets4Pets website, Miss Dobson described herself as ‘a very outgoing person’ and ‘always up for having fun’, and loved spending time with her horse Buddy, seeing friends and family.

She said: ‘I also love to travel the world and explore what is out there beyond good old Worthing.

‘I love my job and I am hoping to one day fulfil my dream of becoming a veterinary nurse.’

There has been an outpouring of emotion on social media following the tragic news.

Tom Grimster posted on Facebook, saying: ‘Shocking! Went to middle & high school with Stuart Hill! RIP Stuart & Jason Hill & Becky Dobson.’

Tina Hambly commented: ‘Becky Dobson was such a lovely young lady she worked at Lyons farm was so kind always smiling and spoke to her often ... so kind to our puppy RIP xxx so sad.’