Brit loved by all dies in suspected drowning on first day of Tenerife holiday

A "bubbly and outgoing" British man has tragically died on the first day of his holiday in Tenerife.

Nicholas Desmond, known as Nicky, was just 24 hours from his 30th birthday when he was pulled from the sea in Callao Salvaje where he appeared to be drowning.

Nicky died on his way to hospital after being flown to Adeje on July 29 and now his grieving family are fundraising £10,000 to bring his body home to Cardiff, Wales, with the charity Reparation Services Trust (REST).

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Sacha Pugsley, 29, told WalesOnline that Nicky was "known all over Cardiff, mostly for the type of person he was."

She said: "He was very bubbly, very outgoing. He always had a helping hand for everybody." The pair had grown up on the same street in Cardiff.

"He would literally walk the world for me if he could. He was always happy, always bubbly. I don't think I'd ever seen a time where he was upset. He'd never bring anybody down."

A balloon release was held in Nicky's memory the day of his 30th birthday on July 30 in Gabalfa.

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The fundraiser is aiming to raise £10,000 to cover the cost of repatriating Nicky to Cardiff from Tenerife. You can donate to the fundraiser here.

Nearly £5,000 has already been donated to the cause with a family fundraiser also set to take place on August 13.

Speaking about REST, Sacha said the organisation had "lifted a weight off [their] shoulders" in assisting the family with paperwork.

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