Tributes paid to Exeter student who drowned in Thailand

Exeter University student Bryony Freestone (right) sadly died in Thailand on Sunday. Credit: Irving of Exeter

Tributes have been paid to an Exeter University student who drowned just a day after arriving at a holiday island in Thailand.

Bryony Freestone was based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall and lived in Falmouth.

Her heartbroken twin sister Sophie paid an emotional tribute to the 19-year-old, writing: "There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to have you back – my beautiful Bryony xxxx."

Bryony was a first year student and had described her time in Cornwall as the ‘craziest, most fantastic year with so many beautiful people’ adding ‘bring on summer’.

ryony Freestone (left) with twin sister Sophie (right) on a visit to Falmouth, Cornwall. Credit: Irving of Exeter

The teenager was travelling with friends and had been swimming off the Thai island of Koh Chang when she got into trouble on Sunday.

Attempts were made to revive her on the beach but she could not be saved.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We are supporting the family of a British National who sadly died in Thailand on 14 August.'

Ko Chang, also known as Elephant Island because of its elephant shaped headland, is Thailand's second largest island after Phuket.

The island is approximately 429 square kilometres in size.