Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Briton dies in Bulgaria ski resort

South Wales Police will help investigators after the death of a Welsh woman in a Bulgarian ski resort.
South Wales Police will help investigators after the death of a Welsh woman in a Bulgarian ski resort.

A 22-year-old woman from Wales has died after a night out in a bar at a Bulgarian ski resort, officials have confirmed.

Nina Holmes collapsed outside BJ's bar in the town of Borovets on Sunday night.

It has been reported that eight other British nationals were taken to hospital following a night out in the resort - which is 45 miles from the capital Sofia - prompting a police investigation.

Leading the tributes to Ms Holmes, of Gorseinon, was her boyfriend Dean Herbert. The postal worker told Facebook friends he is flying back into the UK with his girlfriend's body today.

He wrote: " Sleep tight my babes, promise you're coming home."

South Wales Police said it was aware of the incident and would be working with Swansea coroner Philip Rogers once Ms Holmes' body was repatriated.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Bulgaria on February 2.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

In the meantime, as news of the death filtered back to Wales friends tributes have begun to pour in for the popular rugby fan - whose family run a local well known amusements hire company.

Friend Steve Maitland Thomas described Ms Holmes as funny, beautiful and happy.

He wrote: "I am deeply saddened she is no longer with us. Deepest sympathies to Terry and her loving family."

And Hayley Ravenscroft left a message reading: "Watched you grow from a lovely little girl to a stunning young lady now.

"A beautiful angel you are gonna be missed by so many in and out of showland. Keep doing what you do best and rock heaven."

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