The BBC has paid tribute to a father of 2 who died when 2 cars carrying members of the same family crashed into a river in Buxton.

David Cox has been described as playing a central role in BBC North’s Future Media team, where he’d worked since 2010. He was involved with the corporation’s red button service during London 2012.

Today, in a statement, Roux Joubert, head of TV and mobile platforms said:

“David was an important member of the team and played a central role in the department. He will be sorely missed by everyone here and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The accident happened on Thursday morning, when Mr Cox was driving his daughter to school. The car slipped on ice and plunged into the River Wye. Minutes later, his wife’s car, carrying their 9-year-old son also skidded on the patch of ice and went into the river. His 11-year-old daughter, son and wife all managed to swim to safety.

Tim Davie, the acting director general of the BBC added:

“We are very sad to learn of David’s tragic death.

“He was a popular member of the Future Media team in Salford and had been key to the success of the red button service during the Olympics in the summer.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues here at the BBC at this difficult time.”

The family were treated at Stockport’s Stepping Hill hospital, where Mr Cox later died.


David Cox’s wife, Ruth, has since talked about the accident and the bravery of their 2 young children:

“David was a wonderful loving father, husband, brother and son.  He loved living at Blackwell Mill and working for the BBC.
“I am very proud of our daughter Tess. She held her breath and dived under the water to look for a way out of the car. Tess then swam to the far bank. I am also very proud of our son Ioan. Whilst the car was filling with water he kept calm and attempted to unsuccessfully smash the rear side window. We were both able to get out of the car and onto the river bank. I am very proud of how they ran back down the lane to the cottages to raise the alarm.
We were a very happy family and I will do my utmost to make us a happy family again.
I would like to thank my wonderful friends and neighbours for all their help and support. I would also like to thank all the rescue services involved.”