A Cambridge student has died in Madagascar, where she was completing an internship.
Alana Cutland, 19, from Milton Keynes, has been described by her family as an “independent young woman” who “lit up every room she walked into”.
It is understood that she fell from a plane.
The Foreign Office have confirmed her death.
She was studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and was due to graduate in 2020.
In a statement released through the Foreign Office, the family said: “Our daughter Alana was a bright, independent young woman, who was loved and admired by all those that knew her.
“She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly.
“Alana grasped every opportunity that was offered to her with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, always seeking to extend her knowledge and experience in the best ways possible.
“She was particularly excited to be embarking on the next stage of her education, on an internship in Madagascar complimenting her studies in Natural Sciences.
“Alana was also a talented dancer and embraced the more creative side of her talents with joy and commitment.