Briton dies in pedalo accident at resort

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A British tourist drowned when his pedalo overturned in choppy seas off a beach at the resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.

Shaun Williams, 21, is believed to have struck his head when the craft capsized close to Nissi beach during a holiday with a group of friends.

Three friends on the boat managed to swim to the shore and raise the alarm. Helicopters and divers joined in the search on Thursday but Mr Williams' body was found three hours later on the seabed.

He was taken to the local police station where he was pronounced dead, the Foreign Office said. None of the men was believed to be wearing buoyancy aids.

A witness, who declined to be named, said: "The sea was really, really rough and the pedalo started rocking then flipped over. It looked as if one of them hit his head as it flipped. The helicopters came and they spent three hours looking for him before one of the divers found his body," he said.

First Choice Holidays, the tour operator which organised the trip, said it was in touch with the local authorities and was offering "every assistance" to Mr Williams' family and friends.