Mum’s tribute to her ‘one in a million’ son who drowned at Hanham

Alex Vokins pictured with his mum Tina

Alex Vokins pictured with his mum Tina

The mother of a man from Brislington who drowned in the River Avon at Hanham last week has today paid tribute to him.

Police have been piecing together events leading up to 22-year-old Alex Vokins’ death last Wednesday.

His mother Tina Vokins released a statement through Avon & Somerset police this afternoon, saying that her son, who had been a former student at Broadlands School in Keynsham, was “one in a million”.

“He was so caring and loving and he was always full of fun and laughter. He was a real pleasure to have as a son.

“I am devastated that he was taken at such a young age. He’ll be deeply missed and he’ll forever be in my thoughts.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all my family and friends for all their support during this difficult time.

“I now ask the media to respect my privacy as I mourn my loss.”

The River Avon at Hanham

The River Avon at Hanham

Police initially arrested a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of murder. The woman was later released without charge and it is understood that the 24-year-old man is still on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone who is able to help the police with their investigations is asked to call 101, quoting reference 0476 of 30th September.