People in the Skegness area have paid emotional tributes to a young Lincolnshire woman tragically killed alongside her father in a crash in Chapel St Leonards.
India Plaice, 21, and dad Danny Plaice, 52, have been named by police as the victims following the fatal incident on Monday, February 24.
Members of the public and emergency services attempted to save the two casualties when a white Fiat Punto plunged into the water on Sea Road, near to the primary school.
Locals praised the brave efforts of those who rushed to help at the scene and many have offered their thoughts to the volunteers and emergency services affected.
Tributes have poured in on social media, many from India’s friends.
Jasmine Greaves Mctighe said: “I truly am heartbroken. I was on the phone seconds before this happened to our angel.
“We were always talking about a get together at the beach so please please please if anyone is free tonight (February 25) I’ll be at the beach at 7 o’clock – balloons, free party and a lot more. Feel I just want to say bye to our girl one last night. Please share.”
India worked at Seascape Cafe NSO, which was closed for the day on Tuesday as staff dealt with the tragic loss.
In a Facebook post the cafe said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts and with great sadness that today (Monday)we have lost one of our Seascape family. We and the team are devastated and will spend the day remembering every piece of the beautiful girl we have lost.
“India – One of the most beautiful souled people we had the pleasure of knowing. The life and soul of any party. Listening to your stories and funny thoughts at work had us all in laughter for hours. A day at work with you was never a dull moment. We will miss you greatly and you will forever be in our thoughts.
“Party hard up there princess – we love you. All our love, comfort and thoughts are with your family.”
Barry Caldicott posted on Facebook to the National Coastwatch Institution Chapel Point saying: “It is with great sadness and heartache to announce the sudden passing of a very close friend of Chapel St Leonards’ Coastwatch.
“India Plaice was a 21-year-old vibrant young girl whose life, along with her father’s, was sadly cut short in a tragic incident yesterday, February 24, 2020.
“Our thoughts are with India’s family and colleagues at Seascape Cafe NSO. Your smile and fun will be sadly missed.”
India’s friend Ellie Nesbitt said: “India Plaice, I’m in absolute shock, I can’t believe it.
“We have so many amazing memories together, you’ll always be one of the funniest girls I know. Life is so cruel, I’m just speechless.
“Thank you for being one of the best people I have ever met. I will miss you forever. Rest in paradise baby girl.”
Investigating officers have issued an appeal to witnesses of the tragic crash and anyone with dash cam footage to come forward. Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected], quoting incident 263 of February 24.