Pictured: Briton, 21, who drowned in hotel pool while on holiday in Cyprus with his parents

The 21-year-old rugby player who drowned in a hotel swimming pool while on holiday in Cyprus has been named Ben Woods

The 21-year-old rugby player who drowned in a hotel swimming pool while on holiday in Cyprus has been named Ben Woods.

Leigh youngster Wigan was found unconscious by the pool at the King Evelthon Hotel in Paphos on Tuesday.

Guests pulled him out of the pool and he died shortly afterwards in intensive care at Paphos General Hospital.

Tributes poured in for Woods, who the family said was a “brilliant young man” who will “be truly missed”.

His aunt Joanne Bennet told The Sun Online: “Ben was the life and soul of any party, he would just walk into a room and it was just [light] at the top.’

Ben was on holiday in Cyprus with his parents when he was found.

“He will be missed, we can’t believe what happened, we just can’t,” she added, saying her mother was too traumatized to speak.

‘At 21, we are shocked. We just can’t believe it.

A friend of Ben’s, posting on social media, said: ‘I’m truly lost for words, what a cruel world we live in RIP to one of the most down to earth, caring and down to earth guys you’ll ever meet never will Ben Woods ‘we will all miss you.’

Tributes poured in for Woods, whose family said he was a

Tributes poured in for Woods, who the family said was a ‘brilliant young man’ who ‘will be truly missed’

Her aunt Joanne Bennet said:

His aunt Joanne Bennet said: “Ben was the life and soul of any party, he would just walk into a room and it was just [light] at the top’

Leigh East Rugby Club, where Ben had played since he was a child, said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce the passing of Ben Woods, one of our young Open Age players after an accident while on vacation with his family.

“Ben had played at Leigh East from an early age and progressed through the age groups to become a valued member of our club. Ben was always there with a cheeky smile and he will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mick, Mel and Josh, his family and friends at this saddest time.

‘RIP young man, you will never be forgotten.’

Mike Latham, chairman of Leigh Centurions, of which Ben was a former member, said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ben Woods, brother of our former player Josh , their tragic loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

“He will be missed, we can’t believe what happened, we just can’t,” she added, saying her mother was too traumatized to speak.

Guests desperately tried to resuscitate the man with CPR – and rescuers only noticed the victim was unconscious after a performer yelled at them that the man had been pulled out of the pool, one reportedly said. witness.

A person who witnessed the incident said rescuers were sitting too far from where the body was found.

“From where they’re sitting they couldn’t see what’s going on, it’s a good hundred yards away,” he said. “They were just two guys probably in their early twenties if that and they didn’t seem prepared for the job.”

Rescuers eventually performed CPR on the man and attempted to revive him poolside while waiting for paramedics.

Ben failed to regain consciousness and was rushed by ambulance to Paphos General Hospital.

He was intubated and admitted to the intensive care unit before being pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: ‘We are providing consular support to the family of a British national who died in Cyprus.

Police are currently investigating the incident, but ruled out the possibility of any criminal activity.

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