The family of a West Country Royal Marine recruit who died in a training accident last weekend have paid tribute to him.

Ethan Jones, from Wesfield, near Radstock in Somerset, was part of a group practising an assault from a landing craft on Tregantle Beach in south east Cornwall when he went under the watch.

The 20-year-old was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, but died three days later. I

n a statement his family said: “Ethan died fulfilling his dream and doing something he loved. “Joining the Royal Marine was something Ethan had wanted to do for as long as we can remember.

“He wanted to join the best of the best and challenge himself. Ethan loved the outdoor lifestyle and was looking forward to serving as a Marine on operations around the world. “We are very proud of all that he achieved.”

The Bath-born recruit had joined the Royal Marines on May 27 as a 19-year-old to begin 32 weeks of training. Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon senior coroner Ian Arrow formally opened and adjourned an inquest into his death on Thursday.

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