British yachtsman's body 'found floating' off Caribbean island
Police in the Caribbean island of St Vincent have launched a murder inquiry after a 53-year-old British man was found dead on a burned out life raft after his yacht was destroyed by fire. The police commissioner said he "suspected foul play".
The daughter of a British man found dead on a burned out life raft in the Caribbean has said her family believed his death to be a "tragic accident" and was unaware that it was being investigated as suspicious.
Police are reportedly looking for John Garner's Norwegian wife after a murder investigation was launched into his death.
Mr Garner's daughter Elizabeth, 37, told the MailOnline that her stepmother had left St Vincent two days before Mr Garner to return to Norway to look after her young children.
She said: "This is a shock for everybody. We have not been told that this is being treated as suspicious. As far as we have been told, it is being treated as a tragic accident."
Diver Kay Wilson, who has lived in St Vincent and the Grenadines for 12 years, was out on a dive trip when one of her crew members spotted smoke on the horizon at around 11.45am local time on Wednesday.
She told Daybreak via Skype: "What I was able to see, he had lacerations to his face and severe lacerations to his legs.
"Every indication was that there had been a series of explosions. There was debris downwind from the vessel.
"The victim's liferaft - he tried to deploy it but from what we could see it hadn't deployed correctly and because of its proximity to the boat and the heat coming downwind, the heat had melted part of the liferaft."
The Jamaica Observer said a preliminary police investigation found the couple arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines by air on January 19, and that they had been granted an extension to remain until April 19.
The newspaper said checks had revealed Ms Hukkelaas had not left the state by any of its air or sea ports.