Family pay tribute to Jake Jones, 20, who died after falling into the River Wye

The family of Jake Jones have paid tribute to the 20-year-old lad after he was sadly found dead at St Pierre which is part of the River Wye.. Jake had been enjoying the sunshine with a friend by the river, when he lost his footing and fell into the water and did not resurface despite efforts of those who were in the area at the time.

The tragic incident happened the evening of May 20. The alarm was raised by his two friends who immediately called for his mum to tell her Jake had fallen in the water, yet by this time he was devastatingly lost to the river, and his body recovered the morning of May 26.

The closest family members of Jake have come together to pay tribute to their son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. They have, through overwhelming and unimaginable grief, each spoken about the young man who has been described as someone who 'danced when he walked', and 'kind, funny, and stubborn'.

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Mum Louise Jones, 44, and dad Shane Phillips, 37, from Sedbury, in a joint statement said: "Our boy Jake spread happiness everywhere he went. He loved everyone and he was loved by everyone he met. Jake was not the life and soul of the party, he was they party.

"Jake will be forever the boy who danced when he walked. We love you, Mum and Dad."

Jake was one of four siblings, and a proud uncle to the children of his sister. He was born at The Royal Gwent hospital on June 13, 2003.

He had enjoyed working at Hayes Catering for the past few years, and considered his bosses to be family. Jake was especially close to his bosses, Pete, Charlotte and Cormac, who he worked alongside, and had been very close to.

His older brother, Cory Jones, 27, from Sedbury said: "My little brother was one of my best friends. I will always miss his cheeky smile and him being here by my side. He was always up to no good at work, yet no one could resist his smile."

His older sister, Paige Jones, 25, from Tutshill, has said she will always speak about her brother to her children. Her children are said to have 'adored' him and he was the doting uncle.

Paige said: "To live in a world without my beautiful brother Jake, is unimaginable. Jake was the life and soul of the party.

"He was kind, funny and stubborn, and he was my everything.

"My children adored him and I have promised to never stop speaking his name. I will forever love him with everything in me, and I will forever live with a broken heart, and will keep his memory alive.

"Sleep tight baby brother, until we meet again"

"Love you forever Uncle Jake, Love Poppy, Axel, and Daisy."

Jake loved attending festivals and parties, and being with his family and friends. Many will have fond memories of being with him at the Balter festival over the years.

Brother-in-law, Cai England, 32, said: "Jakey boy, I will be forever grateful of the memories we had and shared. If there is anyone dancing in the afterlife it will be you. You were always loved."

Jake is said to have had a special bond with his little sister Millie. Sometimes he would wind her up and say afterwards, 'love you no returns'

Millie Phillips, six, said: "He was my big brother. He always cared for people and that was Jake. I love him forever and ever and nothing will come between us."

The family would like to thank the emergency services for not giving up on finding Jake.