TRIBUTES have been left on social networking sites for a “kind and loving” surfer girl who died at a Braunton campsite on Sunday.
The body of Bethan O'Brien, 20, was found in a tent at the campsite in Saunton Road on Sunday morning.
Bethan, from Andover, who was staying in North Devon with two friends on a surfing trip, is thought to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Her two male friends raised the alarm at around 7am on Sunday when they woke feeling unwell and found Bethan unconscious.
The two men were taken to North Devon District Hospital where they were found to have high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood. Bethan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tributes to the 20-year-old have been left on Twitter and Facebook, with friends describing her as a "sweet" and "lovely person".
On Twitter @StMarysRFC1 wrote: “Saddened by the news of the loss of fellow Simmie Bethan O'Brien. Thoughts go to her family and her friends at this difficult time #rip”
And @ _Clark posted: “Just found out one of the nicest people passed away at the weekend. R.I.P Bethan O'Brien! You will be missed by so many!”
Graham Mckenzie also paid tribute to Bethan. He wrote: "R.I.P. Bethan O'Brien. In serious shock as I'm sure most people are. One of the nicest girls I have ever met, 20 is far too young. Can honestly say there isn't a bad word you could say about her, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her."
Another friend, Simon Renfrey said: "Such a shock. So sad to find out one of the nicest and kindest people you'll ever meet has gone so young sleep tight Bethan O'Brien"
The two men Bethan was on holiday with were treated at hospital and released later on Sunday.
A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday to determine the cause of Bethan’s death. It is believed she died of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a heater the three campers had just inside their tent.
Devon and Cornwall confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and said Bethan’s next-of-kin had been informed.
Police neighbourhood team leader, Sergeant Paul Jones, said: “This is a tragic death and we would ask anyone camping to be mindful of the risks that can be involved with cooking with a barbecue or using a heater inside or very close to tents.”