Sunday, 26 September 2021

British Young woman dies after fall on charter yacht


JAMAICA: A Denbighshire teenager who left Wales to sail around the world with her family 10 years ago has fallen to her death in Jamaica. Bethany Smith, 18, was working as a deckhand on a luxury schooner. She fell while working high up a mast of the 196 ft (60m) vessel Germania Nova which was berthed in the Jamaican town of Port Antonio, Portland. Her mother Sarah is in Trinidad, whilst her father David is working in the Netherlands. The teenager spent her early years in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen, but her parents set sail from Aberystwyth in April 2007 in their yacht “Cape” along with her younger brother Bryn. After spending three years cruising around the Mediterranean, the family sailed on to the Canary Islands and west Africa where they spent a further two years before crossing the Atlantic in March 2012. They have since toured the Caribbean islands extensively, writing about their travels online. Writing in a blog last year, Ms Smith’s mother said the family was delighted she had got a job as a trainee on the Germania Nova. She joined the crew of the schooner in February last year, later crossing the Atlantic on the vessel for the summer charter season in the Mediterranean. Jamaican Police said Ms Smith was cleaning the schooner’s mast on Tuesday afternoon when the ropes became undone and she fell on to the deck. She died later in hospital from multiple injuries.

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