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Tributes paid to Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeguard following his death in France.

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Tributes have been paid to ex-RNLI Lifeguard Steffan Rees, following his death in France.

Photograph of Steffan Rees

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Ex RNLI Lifeguard Steffan Rees

Able seaman Steffan Rees, 29, was representing the Royal Navy on the Combined services team at the World Defence Rugby tournament in Brittany when he died suddenly this week.

Prior to joining the Royal Navy, Steffan was a valued member of the Ceredigion RNLI Beach Lifeguard team at Aberystwyth. As a mark of respect, Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station's flag has been lowered to half-mast in tribute to him.

Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Geraint Wheeler led tributes to Steffan: 'Steffan was a long serving and highly valued member of the RNLI Lifeguard team at Aberystwyth, working to keep others safe on our beaches. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station are extended to his friends and family at this difficult time.'

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