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.
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