‘Love you to heaven and back’ - tributes to docks tragedy groom

Dale Joint
Dale Joint

TRIBUTES have been paid to a groom-to-be who died just two weeks before his wedding in an incident on his stag do.

Dale Joint, from Leigh, was found after an extensive search in the waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock on Saturday night.

Taken too early the much loved soulmate of Katie and amazing father to Amelia. Our darling and funny nephew. Can’t believe it. Heartbroken. Tragic. Love you to heaven and back

Gaynor Isherwood

He had been due to marry his sweetheart Katie McNamara within the next fortnight.

The 24-year-old was pronounced dead at the Royal Liverpool University hospital shortly after being found by firefighters.

His auntie, Gaynor Isherwood, was one of many who paid tribute via Facebook to the young dad.

She wrote: “Taken too early the much loved soulmate of Katie and amazing father to Amelia. Our darling and funny nephew. Can’t believe it. Heartbroken. Tragic. Love you to heaven and back.”

She later added: “Dale was on his stag do in Liverpool due to be married in two weeks. He thought he was jumping onto something near the boats but slipped in between and hit his head and never came up again.”

Firefighters also rescued two of Mr Joint’s friends from the water, who were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Emergency services were called to the Salthouse dock to reports of three men in the water at 9.45pm.

Firefighters rescued two men, reported to be in their early 20s, before finding Mr Joint after an extensive search of the area.

Friends added their tributes to Facebook and Twitter.

Melissa Gorner wrote on the Wigan Today Facebook page: “Absolutely devastating news about such a lovely lad. R.I.P Dale.”

On Twitter, @JonnyD23 posted: “Minute silence at football today for a former team mate, work colleague and good friend. Rest in Peace pal, thoughts with the Joint family.”

Sean Robertson wrote: “A tragedy for Dale Joint on what should have been a happy occasion. RIP. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Another user, @donna7182, tweeted Dale’s page saying: “Tell me it’s all a misunderstanding. This is something that happens to other families right? Not us.”

Merseyside police yesterday confirmed that no criminal investigation will take place.

The case has since been referred to the coroner with an inquest into Mr Joint’s death expected to be opened in the coming days.

A police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that the 24-year-old man who died following an incident at Salthouse Dock on Saturday, August 22 015, is Dale Joint.”