'I've lost the two most important girls in my life' - man whose Irish wife and daughter died in horrific crash
A man whose Irish wife and daughter were killed in a horrific crash in Poland has paid tribute "to the two most important girls" in his life.
Danish helicopter pilot Soren Buchtrup said he had "lost everything" after his wife Yvonne (30) and daughter Ella (2) were "abruptly and brutally taken away".
Yvonne Buchtrup, from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co Limerick, is a daughter of horse trainer John Long and his wife Angela.
A relative said they were "destroyed at hearing the news".
Yvonne's devastated parents last night were liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs to make funeral arrangements.
It's understood Soren, his wife and two children, including their six-month-old son Noah, were sitting in their parked car when another vehicle crashed into them near the town of Nowy Targ.
Yvonne and Ella were killed instantly, and Soren and Noah were taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The family of four had been on their way to Krakow Airport to take a flight home to Norway after a week-long family holiday which included attending a friend's wedding in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital.
In a loving online tribute to his wife and daughter, Soren said Yvonne and Ella were "the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very, very much".
The Buchtrup family
"First my little girl Ella who is just starting her life. Always full of dancing, singing and laughter. Always ready to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when Noah starts to cry."
Paying a heartfelt tribute to Yvonne, Soren said: "Then my wonderful and loving wife Yvonne, who always lightens up any room she enters and who touches anyones heart. Always telling me we are soulmates and that she loves me, even when I'm being difficult."
The devastated father said: "Words cannot describe the feelings. I feel I have lost everything..."
He ended his tribute poignantly: "Bye my girls. Only love is real."
Yvonne was born and reared in west Limerick before traveling to Scotland to study at Edinburgh University.
Her uncle, Ronnie Long, a former President of Athletics Ireland, said the family were "shattered" by their deaths.
He described his niece as "a most beautiful looking girl".
"We just can't believe it. I'm so shocked," he said. "Yvonne was to come home in August for a few weeks. Little Ella would have been three then."