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The uncle of two of the six people killed when a seaplane dived into the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, on New Year's Eve, has described his nephews as immensely kind and generous individuals.

Ian Thorpe, whose sister Caroline was previously married to Compass Group chief executive Richard Cousins, said he was struggling to come to terms with the loss.

Officials said Mr Cousins, his two sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather Bowden-Page, all from Britain, were killed in the crash.

Australian pilot Gareth Morgan from charter company Sydney Seaplanes also died in the Sunday afternoon incident.

Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather pose on either side of a tree.

'Well-mannered and loving'

Mr Thorpe said Edward and William were well-mannered, loving young men.

"They were just generally so kind and that to me was the most outstanding thing," he said.

"It's the kindness that I liked about them; they were wonderful fellas, wonderful.

"I'm immensely proud … I'm struggling … to believe that they're not with us anymore."

Head shot of Will Cousins.

Roland Rudd, chairman of campaign group Open Britain where William worked as a press officer, said on Facebook he was an "extraordinary young man who was passionate about what he did; who took deep pride in his work; and came into the office every day with enthusiasm, energy and determination".

External Link: @RolandRudd: Richard Cousins was one of the greatest businessmen of his generation; Will Cousins a brilliant young press officer @Open_Britain. Their deaths and those of their family is a terrible tragedy.

In a tweet, Mr Rudd described Mr Cousins as "one of the greatest businessmen of his generation".

Mr Cousins had recently been recognised by the Harvard Business Review for his performance as chief executive of the multinational catering company. The 58-year-old planned to step down from his post in March.

Mr Thorpe described Mr Cousins as "tough", saying he knew exactly what he wanted to achieve in life.

"He knew exactly where he was going and he achieved it," he said.

"He was always very loving, made my sister very happy, they had some fantastic holidays, they had some fantastic times, and again I'm extremely proud of him to have had a fantastic relationship with my sister and made her so happy until the day she died."

Headshot of Richard Cousins.

'Shocked and saddened'

Ms Bowden was the art editor at British publication OK! Magazine.

Editor Kirsty Tyler said staff at the magazine were deeply shocked and saddened by her death.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all Emma's family and friends," she said.

"Emma was a popular and long-standing member of staff at OK! Magazine and she will be greatly missed by us all."

Her daughter Heather's primary school, Fircroft, told the ABC the young girl was popular with staff and pupils alike.

Emma Bowden smiles while holding a cocktail.Heather Bowden-Page plays in the sand on the beach.

"She was a very capable, outgoing girl with a zest for life, a great sense of humour, an infectious smile and a passionate interest in the rights of children," the school said in a statement.

"She was an academically able, diligent pupil who also loved sport, computing and coding, and sharing the lead role in the school's production of Alice in Wonderland.

Sydney Seaplanes pilot Gareth Morgan, who died when the seaplane he was flying crashed into the Hawkesbury River.

"When Heather left Fircroft in July 2017 we all believed that she would have the brightest of futures.

"The Fircroft school community is deeply shocked and saddened by their tragic loss."

Officials said the single-engine plane sank rapidly after crashing into the Hawkesbury River.

The bodies of the victims have been recovered.

Sydney Seaplanes has suspended its flights as the crash is investigated.

Fishermen in a dinghy travel down the Hawkesbury River with a police boat in the background.A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver seaplane operated by Sydney Seaplanes.

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