Tributes paid to North Wales Airman

Tributes have been paid to an airman from North Wales who died in Cyprus while on holiday on his way home from serving in Afghanistan.

Senior Aircraftman Scott Hughes, 20, from Y Felinheli, Gwynedd was hit by a boat on Friday and passed away from his injuries on Sunday.

More than 1600 people have joined a Facebook group set up in his memory.

His parents have paid tribute saying:

"Our beautiful, brave, fun-loving son has been cruelly taken away from us, but we know that Scott fulfilled his dreams by serving his regiment and his country.

"Words cannot express the loss we as a family are feeling at this time and a huge void will be in our lives without Scott forever more."

Wing Commander Paul Weaver Smith, Officer Commanding 4 Royal Air Force Force Protection Wing, said:

"Scott Hughes was a highly respected and utterly professional young man with a very promising career ahead of him in the Royal Air Force Regiment.

"His tragic death has hit the Wing hard; our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. Per Ardua."

Local Councillor in Y Felinheli, Sian Gwenllian said:

"I hope that we can continue to support the family and that support will give them some small comfort in this terrible time.

"It's every parent's worst nightmare."