‘Love you forever, surf bum’ - tributes to missing surfer Chris Bamfield
- Credit: Archant
Poignant tributes to a missing windsurfer have been left near the spot where he was last seen.
A major sea and air search was launched for retired West Norfolk council head of leisure Chris Bamfield on Saturday night after he failed to return from a surfing trip at Hunstanton.
Mr Bamfield, 65, was last seen launching his surfboard on the resort’s promenade at 2pm that day.
The search was stood down on Monday night and Mr Bamfield remains missing.
Family members and friends have left flowers close to where he was last seen.
Paying tribute to her husband, Mr Bamfield’s wife Vanessa said in a hand-written message: “Chris my love, you were my life, my rock, my hero.
“We had so many plans we will still do them in the after life.
You may also want to watch:
“Be in peace my love. I have always loved you for 37 years and will do so until the day I die. Your loving Vanessa.”
A message signed Jamie and Conny said: “Dad, in a time that leaves us with so many questions we are so grateful for the lessons you have taught us and the strength you have instilled in our family.
- 1 Large police presence in Norfolk village after person dies on boat
- 2 Latest situation at Norfolk hospitals sees covid-related admissions remain static
- 3 Village pub offers 'proper' 1p 'Penne-y Pasta' dish with alcoholic drink
- 4 Schools close early for Christmas after outbreak of 11 Covid cases
- 5 30,000 Christmas turkeys to be culled in bird flu outbreak
- 6 Parts of Norfolk see heavy snow falls with more to come
- 7 Man denies running Japanese restaurant from Norwich home for the third time
- 8 Workmen unearth six skeletons during city street overhaul
- 9 Stubborn swan squares up to traffic in Norfolk village
- 10 Delays expected as 48-ton boat is transported through Suffolk and Norfolk
“For generations to come our kids, your grandchildren, will feel your presence always. Love you forever surf bum.”
One message says: “Chris, you will be missed by so many people.” Another adds: “Devastated by the events over the weekend.”
Mr Bamfield’s family thanked the emergency services for their efforts to find him in a statement on Monday.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the emergency services, volunteers, colleagues and local windsurfing and sailing organisations for all of the herculean effort they have put into helping us find Chris and for continuing to keep him in their thoughts,” they said.
“There’s a reason we have built our lives in Norfolk and it’s because of people like you all that we continue to call this home.”
An appeal to raise funds for the RNLI launched in Mr Bamfield’s memory has so far raised almost £7,000. Click here to donate.