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A brave British aid volunteer reportedly told his pals that he was "OK" before being captured in Ukraine, according to a close friend.
Dylan Healy, 22, was reportedly kidnapped by Russian forces on Monday (April 25) while travelling through a Russian checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine. He had travelled to the nation to help victims of the war.
Sophie Goldring, who went to the same sixth form as Dylan, says they had kept in touch on Snapchat beforeMonday, and that he had reassured her of his safety when they last spoke.
She said: "He sent me a Snapchat of him driving. He said he was ok. Apart from that haven't heard from him which has now worried me.
"He wanted to [go to Ukraine] to help. He wanted to do it."
Another friend, 29-year-old Allan Moore, said that Dylan was "just a kid from a council estate who went out there to help".
Allan, who played football with Dylan, also said he'd been told that his pal was trying to save a young family when he was taken by Putin's forces.
The friend commented: "It doesn't surprise me he went out there [to Ukraine] but I'm shocked at the situation now.
He revealed that Dylan had been "a paramedic at one point" and had also attempted to enter the Army but "couldn't on medical grounds."
Neighbours at Dylan's former home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said Dylan had worked odd jobs while in the area.
Dylan posted an update to pals on Facebook on March 15 saying that he was driving to Ukraine and had arrived in Poland.
His post received 25 comments from friends wishing him well and encouraging him to keep safe.
One friend wrote "Thinking of you and praying for safety x", while another said: "Bless you Dyls. Stay safe and be wise x"
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