A MAN has drowned while on holiday in Spain.

Friends have described Ben Lloyd as a kind-hearted and caring young man after news of his death broke yesterday.

It is understood Ben, 32, was visiting friends when he drowned on a beach in Benalmadena, Spain, after being caught up in a rip tide.

Local media reports say police and medical personnel were sent to La Gaviota beach after being called out at 8.20pm on Monday.

Medics attempted to revive him after he was pulled from the sea, but were unable to do so.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to him.

Levi Ripley, owner of Voltons clothing brand, said: “I am so devastated to hear the news that one of my friends Ben Lloyd has passed away.

“I am so sad and I can’t believe it. You were such a gorgeous, kind-hearted guy.

“We have known each other for so many years and had so many great nights out.

“Will miss you mate - RIP.”

Ben, who worked at the Lamb and Lion pub in Westcliff, also attended Harlow College.

Maureen Brailsford Burrell said: “Rest in peace Ben Lloyd.

“The most kind-hearted, caring, loving, genuine and gentle person I have ever met.

“I am going to miss out little chats and cigarettes together.

“Gone too soon. My thoughts are with all your family and friends at this sad time.

“Fly high my dear friend. Good night and God bless.”

Maddy Beecham said: “I still can’t believe this has happened.

“How will I not see you again, laugh with you again, annoy you again? Have our kid talks and bitch sessions?

“You were the fun one of us Benji. I’m so glad I have 10 years worth of memories with you. I love you Ben Lloyd.”

Cemile Dagcilar added: “I am so shocked and saddened by this news this morning.

“We had so many good nights out together which I will always remember.

“Far to young and full of life to be taken so soon.

“Rest in peace Ben.”

Jenny Read said: “So many good memories over the times you worked with us. I will miss you Ben and love you always.”

Benalmádena is a town on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its beaches and Tivoli World theme park.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Benalmadena, Spain.”