Jordan Lupton, the son of Sean Lupton, has died in a freak jetski accident
Jordan Lupton, 25, was being towed by a jet ski in a rubber ring when he collided with another passing jet ski, leaving him with devastating injuries.
The 25-year-old was the son of builder Sean Lupton who fled the country after a £53 million robbery at Securitas in Tonbridge, Kent, 2006.
Lupton, 51, did a runner two weeks after being accused of the robbery and left his wife Therese, Jordan and daughter Jasmine penniless.
The accident happened off a beach in Herne Bay, Kent, around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Paramedics treated him as Therese, 57, and Jasmine watched on desperately.
Jordan was left with serious injuries after he collided with another passing jet ski
He loved having a go at everything and enjoyed keeping very fit. It was just a freak accident.
Therese, Jordan's mother
The plumber was airlifted to hospital but during the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday the family agreed to turn off his life support machine after doctors said he would not recover.
In 2013 it was rumoured fugitive Lupton had been enjoying a wild champagne lifestyle in Northern Cyprus, but British police failed to find him.
Therese said: "I have tried to get some sort of closure for the children after their dad left.
"I am very proud of how both my son and daughter, Jordan and Jasmine turned out, so losing him really is a double blow."
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Jasmine, 27, added: "At the time, I don't think they were aware just how critical he was because all his signs were still going, but they think he had been unconscious in the water.
"Jordan was very fit and I think his body was fighting for life but at the hospital they were basically keeping him alive so we and his closest friends, including his girlfriend Maria, could say goodbye.
The incident happened at a beach, just off in Herne Bay, Kent, around 4pm on Saturday afternoon
"It was heartbreaking but the doctors and nurses were absolutely brilliant to us."
Therese said her son was a keen motocross rider, mountain biker and rugby player.
She said: "He loved having a go at everything and enjoyed keeping very fit. It was just a freak accident.
"He was just enjoying himself on the water. Perhaps there needs to be training for jet skiers before they get out in the water because they are very fast machines.
"I don't think Jordan realised just how popular he was.
"He had so many friends in the many circles he mixed in and it's been a comfort to know that and hear it from them.
Jordan's father Sean fled the country after a £53 million robbery at Securitas in Kent in 2006
"He was a cheeky chap, always smiling and joking who was car-mad and had two BMWs for which he was always buying bits. But there was nothing brash about him.
"He was a bit of a home-bird who had no desire to travel. He was just happy enjoying himself with his mates. He was just a lovely lad."
Following the tragedy Canterbury Council said the jetskis involved were being used in the permitted area and in accordance with the local laws.
Foreshore manager Matthew Young said: "Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr Lupton.
"The jet skis involved were being used in the permitted area and in accordance with the appropriate bylaws.
"Our public launching ramp at Hampton is very popular and our attendant helped with the rescue of the casualty."
Kent Police said there would be no investigation as no crimes were recorded.