Florida bridge plunge survivor to fly home

A young footballer from Dewsbury who survived a horror bridge fall which killed his best friend was attending his pal's funeral today, just days before he was due to fly home for Christmas.

Joe Cundall, 21, was hurt while crossing the swing bridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last Saturday with best friend Kyle Conrad.

The pair were left desperately clinging on when the bridge began to rise suddenly.

Joe fell and broke his ankle and two vertebrae.

Kyle, also 21, fell and hit his head. He was pulled from the water but could not be saved.

Former Heckmondwike Grammar School pupil, Joe, was studying in the USA after winning a footballs scholarship to Lynn University to study business administration.

He and Kyle had been out celebrating the end of term with friends when tragedy struck.

Joe's father Kevin has flown to Florida to be with his son. Kyle's funeral was being held today.

Christopher Cundall, Joe's uncle, said: "They didn't expect the bridge to lift and when it did, they thought it would go down again.

"Kyle was an all-American sporting hero and their relationship was like brothers.

"He was a lovely lad. They were inseparable. They only had one more exam to sit and that was it.

"Joe's body will mend, but his frame of mind will take longer."