Bolivia

Tribute to teens who died in Boliva car crash

Two teenagers who died in a car crash on a Bolivian salt flat were "likeable" and "popular", their former head teacher said.

John Weeds, head of Cranbrook School in Kent, said Freddie McLennan and Joe Atkins had been travelling on their gap year in Bolivia.

He said the school was "deeply saddened" to hear the 19-year-olds had died.

Dr Weeds said Freddie was a "likeable young man who was a true leader in the making".

An exemplary student, he achieved "exceptionally highly" in sixth form and was known for his "good humour and compassion".

Joe, a "scholar in the making", was said to have been a positive influence for othe students.

He showed great commitment to his studies, and was known for his "cheerful manner and his fanatical support for Manchester City".

Dr Weeds added: "We share the grief of the families at their tragic loss and offer them our sincerest condolences."

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office confirmed it was supporting the families of three British people who were involved in the car accident and is in close contact with the Bolivian authorities.

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