A man has died just minutes after seeing his dad for the first time in 35 years.
Paul Cowell, 56, passed away when his motorbike collided with a camper van in a horrific accident on the Isle of Man on September 27.
It is believed the dad-of-two was blinded by the sun as he was coming uphill at Mountain Road Guthries, Lancs Live reports.
The motorbike lover was born on the Isle of Man before settling in Fleetwood for a number of years as an HGV driver.
His step-daughter Demi Ramshaw, 22, said the accident happened just ten minutes after Paul was reunited with his dad, who he had not seen for 35 years.
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She explained: “He’d Facetime’d his two sons to meet their grandad for the first time and then he left to do one last lap to visit where his mum’s ashes had been spread close to Mountain Road.
“Me and my partner Danny have just had a baby who is only 12 days old and he’d only got to meet him once. It’s absolutely tragic. I think his partner Nicola is still in shock. She’s travelled over to the Isle of Man to see him.”
The family are now trying to get Paul home to Fleetwood for his funeral, but the cheapest quote they have got so far is £6,000.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise funds to cover the costs of travel and funeral arrangements.
Demi added: “We’ve had some pretty big quotes from some funeral directors into the thousands however we think that this may be the cheapest one.
“We’re currently at £2,570 and we have about 10-12 days before the body is released so any little helps.
“We’re really grateful to everyone who has donated so far.”
Paul leaves behind his two sons, Daniel, 32, Darren, 29, his step-daughter Demi, 22, his partner of 16 years Nicola Clark, 40, his 12 day-old grandson, Lake Reeve, and many family members and friends far and wide.
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