Paramedic Dai Rees died while snorkelling in Maldives on Sunday

Bournemouth Echo: Tributes paid to Poole paramedic Dai Rees who died in Maldives diving accident Tributes paid to Poole paramedic Dai Rees who died in Maldives diving accident

A POOLE paramedic has died during a diving accident while carrying out charity work in the Maldives.

Dai Rees, 30, is believed to have passed away after blacking out while snorkelling off an island on Sunday.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation (SWASFT) Trust has confirmed their employee died, while on the trip with a group working to help the island's emergency medical services.

According to reports Dai was working as part of a close-knit team of four paramedics from the Poole & Bournemouth area, and that his shocked colleagues attempted to save him.

Scores of tributes have already been paid online to Dai, who is described in one touching post as a “lovely, friendly, professional, highly-respected and well-loved guy.”

SWASFT chief executive Ken Wenman confirmed: “Tragically, Dai was involved in a diving accident whilst carrying out charity work in the Maldives.

“Dai was involved in a group that are hoping to establish a not-for-profit organisation that will work in partnership with the trust to increase the capacity of communities in developing countries to deliver pre-hospital emergency services through training, consultancy and the provision of specialist equipment.

“Dai was a well-liked and respected member of staff and on behalf of the trust I would like to offer my condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues.”

Dai was working with the Maldivian Sihhath Institute, which aims to bring emergency response training and equipment to the local population of five islands across the Maldivian archipelago.

An online tribute from Chloe Lois Manners read: “I'll always remember when you introduced yourself to me when I was new and shy. Thank you. Thoughts go to your friends and family.”

Meanwhile, Amanda Johnstone said: “RIP Dai, will always remember your friendly smile. Thoughts are with your family, friends and colleagues.”

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national on 16 March in Maldives. We are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.”

You can leave your tributes to Dai below or email newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk. 

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12:36pm Mon 17 Mar 14

rjpwalker says...

Devastated beyond belief at this news. A larger than life Welsh man who was a true Gentleman. All ready missed by so many. Rest in peace my friend x
Devastated beyond belief at this news. A larger than life Welsh man who was a true Gentleman. All ready missed by so many. Rest in peace my friend x rjpwalker
  • Score: 49

12:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

sorrowglance says...

An absolute gentle giant who was an absolute pleasure to work with,always had a smile on his face,rip dai x
An absolute gentle giant who was an absolute pleasure to work with,always had a smile on his face,rip dai x sorrowglance
  • Score: 30

3:07pm Mon 17 Mar 14

TheOnlyWayIsUP says...

You will be missed in the crew room. A true professional and a great colleague. RIP x
You will be missed in the crew room. A true professional and a great colleague. RIP x TheOnlyWayIsUP
  • Score: 19

4:24pm Mon 17 Mar 14

jp2008 says...

It was a privilege to know such a top bloke. Such a shock. We will really miss you.
It was a privilege to know such a top bloke. Such a shock. We will really miss you. jp2008
  • Score: 14

6:05pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Chinese Whispers says...

Such shocking news. It was an honour and a privilege to have worked with you, Dai. Your commitment and drive was second to none. Sleep well my friend x
Such shocking news. It was an honour and a privilege to have worked with you, Dai. Your commitment and drive was second to none. Sleep well my friend x Chinese Whispers
  • Score: 11

7:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

R I P Dai
from Nicky and Blodwyn
Neath
R I P Dai from Nicky and Blodwyn Neath nickynoodah
  • Score: 7

7:23pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Bline100 says...

Sorry nickynoodah meant to vote up!
Sorry nickynoodah meant to vote up! Bline100
  • Score: -3

8:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

hcarsh says...

such sad news, it was a privilege to know you, will never forget your lovely smile R.I.P Dai xx
such sad news, it was a privilege to know you, will never forget your lovely smile R.I.P Dai xx hcarsh
  • Score: 5

8:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

snowflakes says...

So sad to read this. RIP.
So sad to read this. RIP. snowflakes
  • Score: 3

8:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

poolecatnip says...

Dai you will be missed, such sad news, your smile brighten up the room on the dullest day. R.I.P to the gentle giant.
Dai you will be missed, such sad news, your smile brighten up the room on the dullest day. R.I.P to the gentle giant. poolecatnip
  • Score: 6

11:12pm Mon 17 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Echo why don't you just let people email you their tributes so you can post them rather than letting people post and get voted + or - ?
Echo why don't you just let people email you their tributes so you can post them rather than letting people post and get voted + or - ? hooplaa
  • Score: -7

12:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

motherdel says...

Dai, you packed more into a short lifetime than most people ever do. A wonderful person, a human paramedic and a fantastic pianist. We attended a little lady in a care home in Boscombe and stayed to give the residents an old time sing song. Brilliant. Always giving. Sleep in peace Dai, knowing you are loved X X
Dai, you packed more into a short lifetime than most people ever do. A wonderful person, a human paramedic and a fantastic pianist. We attended a little lady in a care home in Boscombe and stayed to give the residents an old time sing song. Brilliant. Always giving. Sleep in peace Dai, knowing you are loved X X motherdel
  • Score: 9

7:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Roland80 says...

Dai attended a call to my Grandad a few weeks back and was top draw. Tragic waste of a great person. RIP.
Dai attended a call to my Grandad a few weeks back and was top draw. Tragic waste of a great person. RIP. Roland80
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

nessie says...

I had a passenger take ill on my bus and Dai attended. Straight away he put the now patient at ease so gentle and caring an absolute diamond now taken far to soon to twinkle as a star in the sky above
I had a passenger take ill on my bus and Dai attended. Straight away he put the now patient at ease so gentle and caring an absolute diamond now taken far to soon to twinkle as a star in the sky above nessie
  • Score: 5

8:48pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ifucantbeatemjoinem says...

motherdel wrote:
Dai, you packed more into a short lifetime than most people ever do. A wonderful person, a human paramedic and a fantastic pianist. We attended a little lady in a care home in Boscombe and stayed to give the residents an old time sing song. Brilliant. Always giving. Sleep in peace Dai, knowing you are loved X X
Motherdel - thankyou for sharing a lovely memory that you have of Dai - one of many I am sure.
My heart goes out to all of you who knew and worked with Dai you are all a credit to him -keep doing exactly what you all do - Dai will be watching over you all xx
[quote][p][bold]motherdel[/bold] wrote: Dai, you packed more into a short lifetime than most people ever do. A wonderful person, a human paramedic and a fantastic pianist. We attended a little lady in a care home in Boscombe and stayed to give the residents an old time sing song. Brilliant. Always giving. Sleep in peace Dai, knowing you are loved X X[/p][/quote]Motherdel - thankyou for sharing a lovely memory that you have of Dai - one of many I am sure. My heart goes out to all of you who knew and worked with Dai you are all a credit to him -keep doing exactly what you all do - Dai will be watching over you all xx ifucantbeatemjoinem
  • Score: 3

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