Lincolnshire Royal Navy sailor found dead in the Seychelles was ‘a charismatic and loving young man’

Charles Warrender
Charles Warrender

The family of a North Thoresby Royal Navy sailor found dead in the Seychelles have paid tribute to the 24-year-old.

Local police have launched an investigation into the death of Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer) Charles Warrender, who was serving on Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond.

His body was discovered behind the national library in the capital city of Victoria at 6.45am on Saturday, according to local news reports.

The 24-year-old is understood to have been living in Portsmouth, where his ship is based, but was originally from North Thoresby.

A statement from Mr Warrender’s family said: ‘Charlie was a charismatic and loving young man, who made everyone who met him smile.

‘He was extremely proud to serve in the Royal Navy and was thoroughly enjoying travelling the world, progressing his career as a Marine Engineer.

‘Charlie’s family are all very proud of him and he will always be remembered as a funny, loyal, and kind son, brother, partner and friend.’

HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, is in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Kipion to protect Britain’s international interests across the Gulf and the ship hosted a reception on board for British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll last Fridayto mark the Queen’s birthday.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: ‘It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Engineer Technician (Marine Engineer) Charles George Warrender, from HMS Richmond, was found dead in the Seychelles on Saturday.

‘The next of kin have been informed and the thoughts and sympathies of the naval service are with his family and friends at this sad time.

‘The incident is currently under investigation by the local police, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.’