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Family's tribute to dead captain
Michael Reed's widow visits the scene where he died
Mr Reed's widow visited the scene with her family
The family of a 67-year-old pleasure boat captain who died after an argument have laid flowers by the River Thames.

Michael Reed, of Barking, east London, died in hospital after being injured on the Millennium of Peace Cruiser.

A statement from his family described him as "a man who was full of energy and always living life to the full".

Andrew Liddard, 21, from Harlow, Essex, and his brother Christopher, 26, from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, have been charged with murder and affray.

'Positive outlook'

Officers were called to reports of an argument on a vessel at Tower Pier, on the River Thames, in central London on Saturday evening.

Mr Reed's widow Carol, to whom he was married for 42 years, visited the scene with more than a dozen relatives and friends on Wednesday.

In a statement Mr Reed's family said: "He was devoted to his family and maintained a positive outlook on life. He exercised daily - taking pride in maintaining his fitness.

Michael Reed
Michael Reed was "full of energy"

"During his time working on the Thames as a skipper of The St Patrick pleasure boat he received a Royal Humane Society Testimonial Parchment for his bravery in rescuing a five-year-old boy who had fallen into the River Thames.

"Even at the age of 67 he refused to retire as he lived and breathed for the life and people on the River Thames."

Born in Stepney, east London, Michael had worked on the River Thames as a Waterman & Lighterman for the past 50 years and was a senior crew member of the City Cruises boat The Millennium of Peace.

Officers were called to reports of an argument on a vessel at Tower Pier, on the River Thames, in central London on Saturday evening.

At the time of his death his family said he was the longest serving member of City Cruises and was the skipper of the Millennium of Peace for the past five years.

He was married to his wife Carol for the past 42 years and has a son, two daughters and five grandchildren.

The two brothers charged with Mr Reed's murder will appear at the Old Bailey in October.


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