TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager who died after a fall in Majorca, becoming the third Briton to die from a fall in the same resort this year.

The victim has been named locally as 18-year-old Thomas Channon, from Rhoose, Barry, in Wales.

Mr Channon is understood to have fallen from a 65ft raised walkway at the Eden Roc apartment complex in Magaluf in the early hours of Thursday morning after becoming separated from his group on a night out.

It is believed he and friends had taken the trip to celebrate finishing their A-levels.

His parents John and Ceri Channon have given a tribute to their son, who they say will be dearly missed.

They said: “We are devastated by the tragic loss of Tom and are trying to come to terms with this terrible situation.  He was loved by everyone who knew him.  He was a gentle, kind and generous young mad.  A hole has been left in our hearts that will never be filled. 

“Tom was the model son, brother and grandson.  He studied hard, was popular with his classmates and was a joy to be around. His sense of humour was infectious. 

“Tom loved playing tennis and played almost daily with his brothers and was a member of Rhoose, Barry Island and Penarth Tennis Club.

“One of our most recent happy memories was when we attended the Queens Club Championship as a family just three weeks ago. 

 “Tom was a passionate Cardiff City supporter and season ticket holder and was looking forward to the season in the Premier League. 

"He loved five a side football and set up AC Merollin FC for his friends who played at the Gol Centre in Cardiff.

“He attended St Richard Gwyn School before moving on to St David’s College in Cardiff.  He excelled academically and was a popular pupil.  Tom was looking forward to his A’ level results and wanted to follow his father and be an economist.”

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School held a candlelit vigil in tribute to Thomas on Tuesday this week at St Peter's Church in Rhoose.

A statement was also released by the school who said: "It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the passing of Thomas Channon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.   "Thomas was a model student and a fantastic person who was a very well respected member of our community.  

"Whilst we are consumed with grief and sorrow for his passing, we are also very thankful and celebrate the time we were afforded with Tom."

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are assisting the family of a British man who has died in Mallorca, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities."

Last month 20-year-old Thomas Hughes, from Wrexham in north Wales, also died after falling from a walkway.

He was staying at a nearby hotel and investigators say he may have mistaken Eden Roc for his own accommodation.

In April, 19-year-old Natalie Cormack, from West Kilbride, Ayrshire, was killed while trying to climb from one balcony to another.

She had been working in a bar in the resort, and Spanish police believe she may have been trying to get in to her flat after forgetting her keys.

And last month Tom Hughes, 20, of Wrexham, North Wales, died at the same block.