Royal Navy sailor found dead in the Seychelles was ‘a charismatic and loving young man’

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  • Inquiry continues into death of Royal Navy sailor in the Seychelles
  • The 24-year-old’s family have paid tribute to him in a statement
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He was a proud sailor who enjoyed travelling the world as part of his navy career.

Emotional tributes have been paid to Engineering Technician Charlie Warrender today as the police inquiry into his death on foreign soil continues.

Charlie’s family are all very proud of him and he will always be remembered as a funny, loyal, and kind son, brother, partner and friend

Warrender family statement

ET Warrender, 24, was found dead in the Seychelles where his ship, Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond, was alongside on a visit.

The sailor’s family were too upset to speak to The News last night, but said in a statement: ‘Charlie was a charismatic and loving young man, who made everyone who met him smile.

‘He was extremely proud to serve in the Royal Navy and was thoroughly enjoying travelling the world, progressing his career as a marine engineer.

‘Charlie’s family are all very proud of him and he will always be remembered as a funny, loyal, and kind son, brother, partner and friend.’

ET Warrender’s body was discovered behind the national library in Victoria, near to a children’s play area, at around 6.45am on Saturday.

Local reports said he was found barefoot, with his shoes and socks removed and placed next to him.

Seychelles police said there was no ‘visual evidence’ that foul play was involved, but that the death was being treated as suspicious.

The Royal Navy yesterday confirmed police were carrying out an investigation and said the thoughts of the naval service were with ET Warrender’s family.

A spokesman added: ‘The incident is currently under investigation by the local police therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.’

HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate based in Portsmouth, is in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Kipion to protect Britain’s international interests across the Gulf.

The ship hosted a reception on board for British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll last Friday to mark the Queen’s birthday.

HMS Richmond is expected to leave the Seychelles on Tuesday.