Brit soldier drowns after falling in river on way home after night out

A British soldier has drowned abroad after seemingly falling into a river on his way back from a night out.

Israel Delanimati was positioned in the city of Tartu, Estonia, with the 3rd Battalion The Rifles and had been making his way home after spending the evening with pals.

The 24-year-old rifleman raised concern among his mates when he did not return to their hotel by midday the following day.

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They raised the alarm and his body was discovered the following afternoon (Sunday, June 4) in the Emajogi River.

The soldier, originally from Fiji, would later be picked up on CCTV as he walked along the river at 3:40am on Sunday morning.

TheMailOnlinereports witnesses allegedly tried to save him after he fell into the river.

His funeral is expected to take place in Fiji and his family have been informed of his passing.

British Army Support Office Fiji wrote a message saying: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rifleman Israel "Kinah" Delanimati of 3rd Battalion The Rifles. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

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Online, tributes have been paid to the fallen soldier with one person posting on Facebook: "If we live, we live for the Lord, If we die we die for the Lord. Therefore if we live or die, we belong to the Lord." Romans 14:8."

Another man, believed to be a relative of Israel, said: “Through our tears, we can still find strength in the memories you shared with us YOUR FAMILY… Gone too soon my Son.

“May your soul rest in Peace and may Eternal rest grant unto you, and let perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in peace."

Some 1,500 British troops have been sent to Estonia to train with NATO allies alongside troops from Estonia, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland and the United States.

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