Published 08/01/2013 | 11:20
ROBBIE DELVES was a ' lovely gentleman who always had a good word for everyone' according to friend and former St Maur's teammate Eddie Kirk, one of many people who have been shocked by the sudden death of the local businessman while on holiday in Tenerife.
Popular Rush man Robbie, pictured right, had only just celebrated his 42nd birthday when a freak accident sent him falling to his death from a balcony in a Tenerife apartment block. POPULAR RUSH man, Robbie Delves had only celebrated his 42nd birthday when a freak accident sent him falling to his death from a balcony in a Tenerife apartment block. The entire Delves family were on holiday together when the freak accident occurred and Robbie's parents are understood to be frequent visitors to the island in the Canaries. It is understood that it may be late this week before Robbie's body is released by the authorities in Tenerife when his grief-stricken family can finally bring him back home to Rush to be buried. Robbie's parents, his wife, Ciara and three children as well as his brother's family were all on holiday together when apparently, a balcony railing gave way and sent the Rush man plummeting 30ft to his untimely death. The tragic accident took place at El Medano in Granadilla, in the south of the island. The Civil Guard in Tenerife said: 'An ambulance was called to the hotel at 1.30am this morning and paramedics tried to reanimate the 42year-old holidaymaker but his vital signs were negative. 'Although we are still awaiting the outcome of the investigation, it is thought the accident was caused by a handrail on the balcony which gave way.' The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the family through its embassy in Madrid and local police in Tenerife say they are treating the fatal incident as a ' tragic accident' El Medano is close to Tenerife Airport but is not considered a popular tourist spot. It is mostly populate by year-round residents but there are a number of holiday homes in the area.