The five Britons killed, Indira top left
Tributes to Indira Swann
Indira Swann from Maidenhead was killed in a coach crash in Ecuador on Saturday 12 April 2008. Here her parents and the principal of her school pay tribute to the 18-year-old, who once wrote that "you had to live every day with enjoyment".
Indira Swann was on a GAP year project in Ecuador when she was killed with four other Britons in a coach crash on Saturday 12 April 2008.
The 18-year-old Henley College student lived in Maidenhead with her family, and was due to start her undergraduate degree at King's College in London in September.
Indira's parents Greg and Louise Swann, and Henley College principal Tom Espley here pay tribute to her.
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Parents Greg and Louise Swann:
"She brought 18 years of joy, she was humorous, intelligent...she filled the room with warmth and happiness when she walked in. Everybody loved her.
Louise and Greg Swann
"There are so many wonderful stories that we could tell about Indira. She was so generous and caring. She was a joy to be around. She was independent, she did the travelling with our full blessing with the knowledge of the risks.
"We have no regrets about her going other than the final income.
"For obvious reasons we couldn't sleep this morning, at 4am we got up and came downstairs.
"Louise is not the most IT-literate person in the world and she doesn't like doing emails.
"Last week she forced herself to write a nice email to Indira. We just happened to decide to check Louise's emails and there was a beautiful email from Indira:
"'Thanks to you and dad for being so great and for both giving me the opportunity and confidence to do this, but also for giving me such a lovely home, that nothing could stop me wanting to come home. Hope you are looking forward to having your bi-lingual, wholly-tanned hippified (ethnic trousers galore) and cultured daughter back. Love you.'"
"She was doing what she wanted to do.
"She'd been planning the trip for six months and worked very hard and had gone without things that she wanted to pay for it."
"Indira said once in an essay that we didn't know how long we'd got here, and so you had to live every day with enjoyment and do the best you could. And she did that."
Tom Espley (C) Henley College
Henley College principal Tom Espley:
"Indira was one of the best students academically last year. She took her A Levels in June 2007 and got some of the best results of all the 600 or so students who took A Levels that year.
"I've had many emails today from those who taught her who said, not only how sad they are, but also that she had such a great future ahead of her.
"She was very much respected by staff and students alike and her loss is very sad indeed.
"She was taking a Gap year before going up to King's College in London this coming Autumn.
"My memories of her were of a very bright, very capable and very ambitious student with a love for learning and a love for life and was really looknig forward to this GAP year and in particular taking part in this project in Equador."
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last updated: 15/04/2008 at 11:32
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