Tributes have been paid to a talented Accrington swimmer who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Royal Marine David Fairbrother, of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was gunned down in a fight in the village of Old Khorgajat.
The 24-year-old had been patrolling the area with members of the Afghan National Army when they were ambushed by enemy forces on September 19.
It was his first tour of duty after passing out a year ago.
Before becoming a Marine David swam for Pioneer 79 Swimming Club in Accrington for more than 15 years – which serves aspiring swimmers in Hyndburn.
Andrew Walsh, treasurer for Pioneer 79 said the young Marine’s sisters also swam with for them and their mum had been a committee member.
He said: "It’s awful what’s happened and such a loss. David’s speciality stroke was breaststroke.
"He was particularly good in the relay team and would often get his team back into races through his talent.
"He was quiet but very driven and very reliable."
In a statement his mum, Julie, who raised her family in Blackburn, said: "David, not only are you the sunshine of my life but you were a devoted, beautiful and giving son.
"I am so proud of the determination you had to become a Royal Marine.
"You were always fun-loving, caring and lived life to the full.
"Not only were you the perfect son but you were my best friend and you will be in my thoughts forever."
Ruth, David’s older sister and Craig, Ruth’s boyfriend said: "Commando Humour is one of our favourite marine values to describe you.
"There are no words to describe the heartbreak. It hurts so much inside to think we won’t see you again."
His younger sister Emily described former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil David as her ‘hero’, as did Marine colleagues who served alongside him.
Melissa, David’s girlfriend, said: "I am so glad I met you. You have changed my life in so many ways and I will cherish our time together forever."
Pioneer 79 is a swimming club which covers Blackburn and Accrington and train at Hyndburn
A tribute and picture of David will feature on the front cover of the club’s upcoming Sportsman's Dinner.