Ecuador fall man Anthony Prowell 'living dream'

image captionMr Prowell was half way through the holiday with friends when he died

A British man who died on an adventure holiday in South America was "living his dream", his family have said.

Anthony Prowell, 26, was riding a quad bike when it plunged 150m (492ft) into a ravine in Ecuador on 16 June.

Mr Prowell, who was originally from Hull, had saved for a year to fund the three-month trip after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire.

His mother Dorothy Payne said she took comfort from the fact he got to experience the trip of his dreams.

Mr Prowell was living in Ribbleton, Preston, after he graduated from the university with a degree in forensic science last year.

He was with half way through the holiday with friends when the accident happened near the River Pastaza, in Banos.

His body has now been returned to his family in north Hull.

Mrs Payne told BBC News: "He was living his dream, that is some comfort. This is what he wanted to do and this is what he did and nobody was going to stop him from doing this, no way on earth."

image captionMr Prowell's mother and sister paid tribute to him

Mr Prowell's sister Simone said: "We said to him... 'what if something happens?' and he said 'if it happens it happens'.

"He dreamed of doing this for such a long time and he worked hard to save to get the money to go so like my mum said that's a bit of comfort."

The women described Mr Prowell as a "lovely person to be around" who would "never hurt anyone".

Mrs Payne said: "If you was feeling down he'd be the one who'd come in and give you a cuddle and cheer you up.

"He had a lot of friends and it's still sinking in really.

"We still think he's going to come through the door."

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