Murdered sailor and injured wife had links with the south
Margaret Pratt, the wife of a British man, murdered on board his boat in St Lucia, is the former Chief Executive of St Mary's Hospital on Isle of Wight.
It's thought Roger Pratt was defending his wife when he was killed. Two men are in custody
A former colleague and personal friend of Margaret Pratt who was injured when her husband killed on board their yacht in St Lucia, has said the incident is a tragic end to what should have been a lifetime adventure for the couple.
Danny Fisher - Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said that Margaret, who was the former Director of Finance for the trust, had done a lot for the organisation a period of change. She had joined the company in 2006. He said they were a 'great couple' who loved sailing.
Mrs Pratt is being treated for her injuries in the Caribbean. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
Authorities in the Caribbean island of St Lucia said they have arrested three people today in connection with the murder of a British tourist who was traveling around the world with his wife.
The victim, Roger Pratt, 62, was on a trip with his wife, Margaret, ahead of her 60th birthday when their boat was boarded by three unidentified attackers on Friday, police said. Margaret Pratt was also treated for injuries.
The murder has raised concerns on the small, eastern Caribbean island, where tourism accounts for about two-thirds of the economy.
Margaret Pratt's husband Ian was murdered on board their boat in St Lucia at the weekend. The couple were sailing around the world. She is the former Chief Executive of St Mary's Hospital on Isle of Wight.
"This is dreadful and shocking news. Margaret is an inspirational leader and great to work with. She worked on the Isle of Wight for the Primary Care Trust for two periods - as interim Director of Finance in 2005/2006 and as interim CEO for 9 months in 2008. Our deepest condolences go to Margaret and her family."
– Chris Palmer, Director of Finance at Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Margaret Pratt, who was celebrating her 60th birthday during the round-the-world sailing trip, wrote about how she and her husband Roger had been held up leaving the island of St Lucia by immigration checks.
The couple who were attacked in the Caribbean were attacked while their boat was moored off the Vieux Fort coast where they had been staying as part of the round-the-world voyage, celebrating Mrs Pratt's 60th birthday.
The couple left Lowestoft in June, navigating the English coastline before heading to the Algarve and on to the Caribbean.
Writing on her LinkedIn profile before she left, Mrs Pratt said: "Off travelling! The plan is to be in the Caribbean for my 60th birthday in January 2014... all a bit of a leap into the unknown. Please stay in touch - I plan to be an assiduous correspondent!"
The couple lived in the village of Moreton Morrell before embarking on their adventure.
The sister of a British woman who was injured and her husband killed after three men boarded their boat in the Caribbean has said the family are "totally shocked and shattered".
Margaret and Richard Pratt had planned to set sail for the next stage of their journey the day before the attack off the south coast of St Lucia on Friday.
Jenny Riley, Mrs Pratt's sister, told the Daily Mail: "They had gained deep sea sailing experience by cruising extensively on the south coast and around Europe. To sail across the Atlantic and explore the Caribbean was Roger's dream.
"They were both experienced sailors and had sailed dinghies and keel boats since they were children. It is a tragic, shattering end to their dream."
Mrs Riley also said her sister was discharged from hospital last night and has returned to the couple's yacht.