It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that an airman from 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment died in Cyprus yesterday, Sunday 7 November, while returning from operational service in Afghanistan.
"SAC Scott HUGHES of 1 Sqn RAF Regt was very seriously injured in a water sport-related accident while undergoing unit 'decompression' in Cyprus, following its operational tour at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sadly, he later died of his injuries on Sun 7 Nov 10. He was 20 years old. The repatriation to RAF Lynham will likely take place on Tue 16 Nov 10 (to be confirmed) and the funeral details will be announced at a later date."
There is never a good time to die, but some times are far more unfair than others. My condolences to family and friends who thought the dangers were over only to be tragically reminded life can be fickle and that we can never really be 'safe'.