The twin sister of a 19-year-old Northamptonshire student who lost her life in rough seas off the Thailand coast has paid tribute to her in a heartbreaking social media post.
Bryony Freestone tragically drowned while in the waters off the White Sand beach resort in Koh Chang, the second biggest Thai island.
The Wollaston School pupil, from Little Houghton, had been staying with Marine Conservation Cambodia, carrying out research on the effects of illegal trawling on seagrass there in Cambodia.
The talented University of Exeter student, who described herself as a keen surfer, is believed to have then travelled to Thailand with friends.
Her twin sister Sophie, who is also currently travelling abroad, has paid a heartfelt tribute to her sister in the last couple of hours via her Facebook page, couple with a black and white selfie of the two together
She said: “There’s nothing I wouldn’t give to have you back. My beautiful Bryony.”
Bryony Freestone had been the fundraising officer for the five-week expedition “FXCambodia” and said she had “always found the great outdoors fascinating.”
The British Embassy in Bangkok is yet to make a formal statement about Miss Freestone’s death. However close family friends have confirmed that she is the 19-year-old British tourist to have lost her life on Sunday.
Miss Freestone had been living in Falmouth, Cornwall as a University of Exeter student, having taken her A-Levels at Wollaston School.
Many in Little Houghton, a tiny village along the A428 just outside of Northampton, said they were simply devastated by the loss of Bryony, who is believed to have worked in the local pub for a time.
Neighbour Glanville Jones,a widower and former headteacher, has known Bryony since she was a girl.
He told the Chronicle & Echo: “She was such a lovely girl who smiled a lot and she was a pleasure to have known and to have met.
“She was never rude she was always polite and cheerful, we were all so sad to hear of the news of her passing.”