Funeral of airman killed by speedboat in Cyprus

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The funeral of Senior Aircraftman Scott Hughes was held in his home village of Y Felinheli

Mourners have paid their respects at the funeral of an airman who died after being hit by a speedboat in Cyprus.

Senior Aircraftman Scott Hughes, 20, from Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, had been due to return home after a tour of Afghanistan.

A service with full military honours was held at 1330 GMT at St Mary's Church in the village.

The gunner's family had requested that the media stay away from the service so they could grieve in private.

SAC Hughes, who served with 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, was hit while swimming on 5 November and died from his injuries two days later.

He was on a stop-over at the Cyprus Sovereign Base and died as his unit was undertaking decompression duties.

He had been due to return home to Wales the following day.

He was hit by a power boat operated by the Military Training Wing.

His body was repatriated at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire on Tuesday.

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Scott Hughes was due to return from a tour of Afghanistan when he died

In a statement issued soon after his death, his family, including his parents Emma and Michael and younger brother Adam, said: "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."

Paying tribute, the MOD praised the serviceman for his "calm professionalism" and courage.

Squadron Leader David Crook, Officer Commanding 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, said he had spent his last six months risking his life to "protect and save others".

He added: "His death is a tragedy, and words cannot express our sense of loss and shock."

An investigation into his death has been launched.

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