Family pay tribute to Gamston engineer Sebastian John, killed in Algeria
THE family of a Notts engineer killed in Algeria say he will be "eternally missed" and "forever in our hearts".
Sebastian John, of Eskdale Court, Gamston, was a civil engineer for BP and had been in Algeria for only a week when the In Amenas plant was overrun by heavily-armed terrorists.
A four-day stand-off started with an attempted bus hijacking and ended when special forces stormed in as the attackers began to prepare to explode bombs across the massive gas plant.
Mr John, 26, was formerly chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers' (ICE) East Midlands Graduates and Students Committee, based in Triumph Road, Nottingham.
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He leaves wife Nicola and a seven-month-old baby.
Mrs John said: "Sebastian was the most amazing person.
"He was a fantastic husband, father, son and brother. There won't be a moment that goes by where we won't think of him.
"We are so proud of Sebastian for all he achieved in his life.
"He was taken away from us too early and in the most tragic circumstances. We will always love him. He will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed."
Thirty-seven foreign workers are believed to have died at the remote desert facility – part-operated by BP – which was attacked on January 16. It is believed al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the attack, which lasted for four days before Algerian special forces intervened.
Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr John, who worked for Ove Arup, in Solihull, before taking up his role at BP.
Nick Baveystock, director general of ICE, said: "We were extremely shocked and saddened to hear that Sebastian John, a valued and respected civil engineer and member of our Institution, has lost his life during the Algerian hostage attack."
Past ICE president Richard Coackley, for whom Mr John worked as an apprentice, said: "Sebastian was a talented young civil engineer with the world at his feet.
"His mild-mannered, supportive nature made him a pleasure to be around and his commitment and passion for his work and his young family shone through in all that he did. It was an absolute honour and a pleasure to have him as my apprentice last year and I know he will be greatly missed by all.
"I join everyone in mourning with Sebastian's family and friends for the tragic loss of a great young man and civil engineer."
Robert Care, director of the Arup Group, added: "He was hugely respected by his colleagues and had a very bright future ahead of him."