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British charity worker, 27, is found dead in Cambodian pool

A British charity worker, 27, is found a year after his move to Cambodia’s gym with his wife

  • Luke Walley is believed to have drowned after a blackout under water
  • The 27-year-old lived in the capital Phnom Penh with his Lithuanian wife Emilija
  • His father John paid tribute to a “beautiful, considerate, real person”

A British charity worker was found dead in the swimming pool of a gym in Cambodia.

Luke Walley is believed to have drowned after an underwater blackout at the pool in Phnom Penh.

The 27-year-old worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature and moved to Cambodia with his Lithuanian wife Emilija in 2018.

His father John paid tribute to a “brilliant young man” and a “beautiful, thoughtful, sincere person who had his whole life before him.”

Both Luke’s parents are university professors and are still waiting for full details of their son’s death by the Cambodian police.

The former elementary school student from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, had been swimming in a gym close to his home in Phnom Penh.

The British charity worker Luke Walley (photo) was found dead in the swimming pool of a gym in Cambodia

The British charity worker Luke Walley (photo) was found dead in the swimming pool of a gym in Cambodia

One possibility is that Mr. Walley suffered from ‘shallow water blackout’, a form of fainting under water due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.

His mother Sophie Witter said, “Everyone will miss Luke … he was a very special person who touched the lives of everyone who met him.”

She described Luke as “passionate about contributing to the environment and issues related to developing countries.”

Luke’s father, John, said the 27-year-old had been working on global energy sustainability in Cambodia.

His parents said their family and friends were “totally destroyed” by the news.

Luke was Sam’s older brother, a 25-year-old lawyer, Danny, a 22-year medical student and history student Alfie, 20.

Luke Walley is believed to have drowned after an underwater blackout at the pool in Phnom Penh (photo)

Luke Walley is believed to have drowned after an underwater blackout at the pool in Phnom Penh (photo)

Luke Walley is believed to have drowned after an underwater blackout at the pool in Phnom Penh (photo)

He completed a Masters in Physics at Imperial College in London before moving to Cambodia with Emilija.

In addition to sustainability, Luke was known for his love of sports and music.

He was the bassist in a band called Fallen to Flux, who released an album in 2016.

His parents said that the foreign ministry in Phnom Penh was responsible for co-coordinating the transfer of Luke’s body to the UK.

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