The Sunderland Echo today carries tributes from friends and colleague to a former journalist who is is suspected to have drowned after falling overboard from a cruise ship in South America.

Bob Horn had been on an Atlantic cruise with his brother when he is believed to have fallen from the liner shortly after a visit to Montevideo in Uruguay.

Today, friends and former colleagues of Mr Horn, who retired from the newspaper 10 years ago, spoke of their shock.

Members of the Sunderland Message Board forum also posted messages of remembrance.

Alistair Robinson, a journalism lecturer at Sunderland University and former colleague, described him as “one of the great district reporters”.

While Linda Colling, friend and former colleague, said: “Write the first thing you would tell anybody,” was Bob Horn’s golden nugget of advice to me as a junior reporter.
Mr Horn leaves behind a brother, David, of Roker, and nephew.

Read more about him here.