Cyprus Mail

British UN soldier dies in canoe accident

Cape Greco

A 20-year-old British soldier serving with the United Nations has died after his canoe was found overturned off the coast of Cape Greco in bad weather on Wednesday.

The soldier was pronounced dead by doctors at the Famagusta General Hospital after being rescued by marine police.

“We regretfully confirm that a British soldier serving with the United Nations in Cyprus has died as a result of an adventure training accident. His next of kin have been informed. At this difficult time our thoughts are with his family and friends,” British bases spokeswoman Connie Pierce told the Cyprus Mail

No further details were released.

According to police reports, the overturned canoe was spotted  at around 1.30pm in the Cape Greco area, 100 metres from shore.

Marine authorities were called to the scene and managed to pull out the young man to shore in the midst of harsh weather conditions and strong winds.

A post mortem to establish the exact cause of death will take place Saturday at the Larnaca General Hospital, CNA said.


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