Somerset

Drowning theory over teenager's Majorca holiday death

Rob Burnett
Image caption It is believed Mr Burnett had gone for a swim in the sea

A teenager from North Somerset has died on holiday in Majorca.

Rob Burnett, 19, who lived in Claverham, is believed to have drowned while swimming in the sea. His body was found by a lifeguard.

The ex-Backwell School pupil had been on holiday with friends but failed to turn up at Palma airport last Friday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said he died in Majorca on 6 August. Former head teacher Julian Baldwin said Mr Burnett would be sorely missed.

'Likeable young man'

"[Rob] was very popular amongst students and teachers alike, for being straight, hardworking and completely dependable," Mr Baldwin said.

"He did particularly well at engineering, and after he left school carried on working in that profession.

"It is a real tragedy that the life of such a likeable young man with so much to offer has ended so suddenly and so prematurely."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that Mr Burnett's family was receiving consular assistance.

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