Pictured: The 35-year-old Brit drowned while taking photos underwater in Ibiza as a family fundraiser to bring his body home
- The 35-year-old Brit is said to have practiced underwater photography with a friend in Punta Galera, a bay on Ibiza, on Wednesday evening
- Around 6:15 p.m., a friend called the police after the Brit ran into trouble in the water
- Officers and paramedics pulled him out of the sea, but could not save his life
A Briton has died after being pulled unconscious from the sea in Ibiza.
Kevin Smith, 35, reportedly was practicing underwater photography with a friend in Punta Galera, a cove near the popular resort of San Antonio, Wednesday night when he got into trouble.
His friend alerted around 6:15 p.m. before police and paramedics pulled the man out of the water but were unable to save his life.
His family has started a fundraiser to bring his body back to the UK.
35-year-old Kevin Smith (pictured) allegedly was practicing underwater photography with a friend in Punta Galera, a cove near the popular resort of San Antonio, Wednesday night when he got into trouble
A 35-year-old British man was dragged unconscious from the sea at around 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday in Punta Galera, a bay in Ibiza, after practicing underwater photography
The bay where Mr. Smith was found has rock platforms popular for cliff jumping, sunset watching, and snorkeling.
The Essex-born expat reportedly took underwater photos when he got into trouble.
Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated athlete, alleged to have worked as a personal trainer, as an “action man” in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death.
Morgan Brazier, who launched a Gofundme appeal today who exceeded his £ 20,000 goal in just five hours, said, “I think I speak for all of us when I say the news is our good Sadly, friend Kevin lost, heartbroken heard his life yesterday in a tragic snorkeling accident.
Kevin has had so many mental and physical struggles while always looking to live his dream life.
The Essex-born expat, pictured above, reportedly took underwater photos when he got into trouble
“After moving to Ibiza for almost two years and breaking every block, he was finally able to live his dream and enjoy hiking, snorkeling, hunting the sunsets and discovering new places.
‘He was so open and kind with a very strong moral compass. He was an inspiration and loved by so many.
‘With the travel restrictions in place, there are complications when his family picks him up and brings him home.
“That’s why we set up this Go Fund so we can help his family get him home as soon as possible, privately, when we can.”
One well-wisher donated a staggering 1,500 pounds and three others donated four-figure amounts.
Scott Neilson said, “I love you, Kev. You will truly be missed by so many people. Words can’t even describe the feelings right now. You will never be forgotten, buddy, and you will have a damn good goodbye! I love you buddy ‘
Ibiza-based friend Nick Barlow described the dedicated athlete, alleged to have worked as a personal trainer, as an “action man” in a Facebook tribute after learning of his death. Mr. Smith is pictured above
Tom Stevens added, “No words to describe the happiest, funniest people I have known. Not to mention one of my best friends. I love you buddy who always thinks of you. ‘
Travel reports describe Punta Galera as an old quarry by the sea, away from the tourist crowds, but popular with nudists.
They add: “There is little traffic, partly because there is neither a bar nor sand.
“It is easy to jump into the water, however, as the depth is more than two meters apart from a few places where you can step over shallower submerged rocks.”
The quiet place can be reached by taking the road from San Antonio to Santa Agnes and turning towards the sea in front of the beautiful Cala Salada bay.