BMX rider from Church Crookham described as keen student who held 'legendary parties'
AN inquest date has been set for a 22-year-old Church Crookham man who died after falling into a deep, water-filled quarry.
Alexander Godbold, from Reading Road South, was described as ‘a lively and friendly lad’.
Alex, as he was known, was pulled from the quarry in Bakers Farm Nursery in Kingsley, south of Farnham, on Saturday.
After visting the site with friends, he appeared to lose his footing and fell into the 40m deep disused quarry at around 6.15pm.
When he did not resurface, emergency services were alerted and a search was carried out by police, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the coastguard.
It is thought that he drowned.
An inquest will be held in Alton Magistrates' Court on November 13.
Alex, who rode BMX bikes and skateboards, used to go to Farnborough College of Technology and finished his studies there in 2010.
College principal Christine Slaymaker said she was shocked to hear the news.
She said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of one of our former students.
“Alexander studied aeronautical engineering with us.
“He was a conscientious student who successfully completed his national diploma course with us.
“It is always sad to hear of the death of any young person, our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
Alex leaves his mum, dad and sister, who live in the family home in Kings Road, Fleet.
His parents, who have requested privacy at this time, are planning their son’s funeral this week.
The family’s next door neighbours described Alex as a ‘lively lad’ and a youngster who held ‘legendary parties’.
“It was always a busy household and Alex had lots of friends,” his neighbours said. “They are a lovely family. We would hear Alex joke in the garden.
“Next door would look after and feed our cat when we went away and Alex would always wave, say hello and ask after the kids when we saw him in the driveway.”
Neighbours opposite the Godbold family home were saddened and said: “I feel sorry for the parents. They are a very nice couple and they have a daughter as well. It must be a difficult time for them.
“They are very good neighbours and very sociable.
“Having lived in Kings Road since 1956, I used to see Alex play in the back garden when he was younger.
“As he grew up as a teenager, I saw his friends arrive at their house. Hopefully this will be a warning to other people thinking of going in quarries.”
Friends posted tributes to him on Twitter.
Owen Brown said: “Alex Godbold, brightest star up there tonight” while Kris Inker said: “Rest in Peace my old friend Alex Godbold.”
James Batchelor, a friend of Alex’s who often went out on his BMX bike with him, said Alex was “the man” and that he “will be missed by us all”.
Brian Rudman, group manager at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, advised everyone to be extra vigilant around areas of water and to know the risks. “Quarries are not for swimming,” he said. “Water may look safe but it can be very dangerous.
“Do not go to areas of water alone or if you do, make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Take extra care around the water’s edge and learn how to help yourself and others if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
“If you see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the police at inland water sites and the coastguard at the beach.”