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Crash couple 'totally devastated'
Keavy (top left) Thor, Angel (bottom left) and Willow Gresham
The four children were travelling in a Land Rover with their family
The father of four children killed when the family car plunged into a river has said his family is "totally devastated" by the accident.

Nigel Gresham, 36, was driving near Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on Sunday afternoon when the accident happened.

His son Thor, five, and his daughters, Angel, four, Keavy, eight, and Willow, two, died after the accident.

His nine-year-old daughter Amber has moved out of intensive care and police said her condition was "satisfactory".

Mr Gresham and his partner Sara Bolland, 31, were not seriously injured in the crash and their 12-year-old son Liam and 13-year-old daughter Star, who were taken to Lincoln County Hospital with minor injuries, have since been discharged.

Land Rover recovered from River Witham
The Land Rover was recovered several hours after the crash

It is thought the crash happened when the yellow Land Rover plunged 15ft into the river off a narrow track at Tattershall Bridge after passing a minibus and trailer carrying canoes.

Mr Gresham said: "I hope no one else ever has to go through what we are going through.

"Each of my children is like a ray of light. Willow used to come and cuddle me in the mornings.

"Keavy would cuddle me in the morning and evenings. Thor was car-mad and jumping on me all the time, asking: 'Are we going off-roading this weekend dad'?"

"Angel was always reading stories to us to show us how well she could read. They were a constant source of amazement and pleasure to us, and so full of life."

'Forever grateful'

He praised the emergency services, staff at the hospitals and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance for their assistance.

"Everyone worked tirelessly, no one stopped in their efforts. I saw doctors and nurses working so hard to help."

He also thanked the three bystanders who jumped into the river to help rescue the children.

"We will be forever grateful to them. The support we've had from close family, friends and thousands of well-wishers from the Land Rover community forums and people that don't even know us, it's tremendous," Mr Gresham said.

Land Rover plunged into a river

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