A BRIT dad-of-three died after falling into the sea from rocks after starting a new life with his fiancée in Malta.
Stephen Martin Thomas, 63, was pulled from the water near the National Aquarium in the tourist town of Qawra and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe the “strong swimmer” lost his balance and was then dragged out to sea, reports the Times of Malta.
It is understood that he drowned but investigations are still ongoing.
His fiancée has now spoken of her grief in the wake of the tragedy, which happened on June 12.
CJ Tinay Agos, 30, revealed she was called to Qawra police station later that afternoon.
She added: “When I got there, they told me the most heartbreaking news that he was gone and they found him in the sea face down.”
Officers showed the young woman a photo of Thomas to confirm his identity.
She said: “My heart shattered when I saw his face.”
Thomas, called Steve by friends and dubbed a ‘proud Welshman’, travelled to Malta every year for 12 years before meeting his partner and making the move permanent three years ago.
They then got engaged in 2020 and planned to tie the knot later this year.
His fiancée said he knew the area well and was a good swimmer, adding: “I still can’t believe this has happened.
“He was such a good swimmer… he even taught me how to swim. He was so fit for his age.
“He was such a funny man, always making me laugh. He was also the most loving, caring, and friendliest person, always trying his best to help everyone who needed it.”
She added: “He will be missed by his friends and family, and most especially by me.”
His funeral, described as a peaceful celebration, took place on June 19.