‘Genuine loving gent’ killed in lift disaster after it plummeted to ground

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A 'genuine and loving gent' fell to his death in a lift which suddenly collapsed with him and his son inside.

Tributes have been paid to 53-year-old David Bottomley who was working on a construction site in Liverpool city centre when an external lift gave way and crashed to the ground.

As thoughtful messages are left in memory of David, well wishes have been penned for his son Clayton, 18, who was also in the lift and remains in a critical condition in hospital, the ECHO reports.

The critical incident which involved the father and son from Castleford in West Yorkshire, occurred outside the Unity Building at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Flowers were left at the scene of the lift tragedy on Thursday, with friends and work colleagues rushing to pay tribute on social media.

Stuart Masefield said: "Known Dave for longer than I can remember and he’s godfather to both my kids who are now 20 and 13.

"Never known a more genuine loving gent than this man, another soul taken too soon. And his son growing into such a great young man… such a tragedy."

Natalie Hindle said: "My husband was on site when this tragedy happened. Absolutely heart breaking. My thoughts, love and prayers are with Dave and Clayton's family, friends, workmates, and the lads on site yesterday.

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"Everyone is devastated at such a terrible tragic loss. Praying for young Clayton, sending love and strength to his family, especially mum, at such an unimaginable, heart breaking time."

Julie Adams said: "Broken hearted reading this just now, sending all my love to the young boy and please god he pulls through, may his dad rest in peace. Love to all the family of the deceased man."

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Ken Roberts said: "So tragic. Please let the son be granted a full recovery from his injury, my best wishes and fullest sympathy goes to his family and all concerned."

Commenting on the Liverpool ECHO website liverpoolfc2314 said: "So unbelievably tragic, no words really can describe the family's pain."

Kelly Lunt said: "So, so sad, going to work to provide for his family and not returning home, life is cruel. Honestly death sometimes happens to the wrong, innocent ones.

"Praying for the son, I hope he recovers well."

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