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Tributes paid to Exeter student who drowned in Thailand

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."

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

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’.

We are deeply saddened by this awful news. Bryony is remembered as a talented, dedicated and hugely popular student and our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with her family and friends.

– Exeter University spokesman
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.

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to have you back – my beautiful Bryony xxxx.

– Sophie Freestone

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.