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Missing British backpacker dubbed 'Hercules' found dead in Vietnam - one week after attempting to climb mountain alone

Joe Nerssessian

Published 09/06/2016 | 11:41

Aiden Webb, 22, has been missing since Friday
Aiden Webb, 22, has been missing since Friday
Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, was last seen nearly a week ago

The body of a British backpacker has been found in northern Vietnam, according to reports.

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Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, was last seen nearly a week ago after he set off on his own to climb the Fanispan - Vietnam's tallest mountain.

His body was found in Sin Chai village by rangers at 12.50pm local time (0650 BST), according to the head of the Hoang Lien National Park, Nguyen Quang Vinh, who told the BBC: "It is very sad that we found the British tourist body today.

"The position is quite near the location that his girlfriend gave us, in Sin Chai village."

Following the news, friends and family paid tribute to the aspiring actor on his Facebook page.

Luke Enenra Muszalik described Mr Webb as "hercules".

He posted: "Such a genuine guy, true friend and legend! One of my biggest inspirations! Love you bro! Gonna miss you big."

Mr Webb had been travelling in Vietnam with his girlfriend, Bluebell Baughan.

Last week his family set up a Facebook page called "Help us find Aiden in Vietnam" after he went missing.

They said he had alerted his girlfriend on Friday, saying he was in trouble, had hurt his knee, torn open his arm and lost his flashlight after falling by a waterfall.

On Tuesday, his father, Trever Webb, arrived in Vietnam to join the search.

The backpacker had recently been climbing without a rope, a post on his Facebook profile suggested.

"So today, I completed my first official Free Soloing rock climbs," he wrote on May 28.

"Never had so much fun and never had my mind so clear and empty.

"Definitely no 'El Capitan', but regardless. This is something I've felt I've needed to do in a long time."

Locals watching his climb called him "both crazy and spiderman", he said, before reassuring his family that he was a safe climber who knew his limits.

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