Friday, January 18th, 2019

Crew Man Serving on board Superyacht Found Dead

Yet another member of crew serving on board a superyacht has been found dead and yet again the verdict seems to be suicide.

The 62 metre superyacht Sea Owl arrived in St Georges, the capital city of Grenada and the islands principle port, on 10thDecember.

 She docked at Port Louis Marina

Crew have told local police about a pre Christmas beach BBQ they organised and held on Grand Anse Beach on 21stDecember.

Crew recounted details of an altercation between some of the crew and confirmed that the deceased was among those involved.

However, it was not until the next morning at about 8 a.m, when the other crew members realised that Clapham had failed to return to his cabin.

Police have revealed that the body of the 32-year-old British citizen, Andrew Clapham was found hanging from a tree overlooking the St. George’s Harbour on Christmas Eve. 

They have confirmed he died from asphyxia.

“All initial evidence points to suicide,” said Officer in Charge of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Inspector Desmond Richard told THE NEW TODAY newspaper in Grenada.

The newspaper further reports:

Captain of the Sea Owl, Louis Klinkert reportedly told police investigators that an unsuccessful search was mounted for Clapham before the lawmen were notified and called in to help in the matter.

A police spokesman said that a review of the yacht’s security camera footage showed Clapham leaving his cabin with a piece of black marine rope on his shoulder.

“As a result, the officers went searching (in) the environment of the marina and his motionless body was seen hanging from a tree in the nearby bushes overlooking the marina,” he told this newspaper.

The British seaman was pronounced dead by a doctor, who was called on the scene to examine the body, which was then removed by the Funeral Home.

Preparations were being made to have the deceased seaman shipped to the UK.

Charlotte Bonin Marina Manager of Port Louis Marina owned and managed by Camper &Nicholsons Marinas, declined to comment on the death of the British national, when contacted on Monday by the newspaper.

Instead she said: “We will not be issuing a statement…we are respecting the privacy of the family”, she remarked.

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