A Royal Marines recruit who died following a training incident has been named as Ethan Jones.
He was taking part in a beach assault on Tregantle Beach in Cornwall earlier this month when he got into difficulties in the water and was injured.
The incident, which the Royal Navy says remains under investigation, took place weeks before the completion of the Royal Marines' 32-week training course.
The beach assault involves recruits exiting a landing craft.
A Royal Navy spokesperson said: "The thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service are with the family and friends of Recruit Jones."
Ethan Jones joined the Royal Marines in May 2019 to begin 32 weeks of training.
The Royal Navy says he was a "popular character" and an "exemplary" person.
His family said: "Joining the Royal Marines was something Ethan had wanted to do for as long as we can remember.
"He wanted to join the best of the best and challenge himself.
"We are very proud of all that he achieved."
Recruit Jones was described by his section commander as "the embodiment of what a Commando should be".
"He is a true loss to the Royal Marines as he would have inevitably achieved much within his career," Corporal Dave Wright said.
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