The British couple who were attacked in their boat in St Lucia, leaving one dead and the other injured, had planned to leave the Caribbean island a day before the incident took place.
Margaret Pratt wrote on her blog in the hours before the attack of how bureaucracy had thwarted their attempts to leave that part of the Caribbean.
She wrote in her blog: "On Thursday morning the plan was to clear out from Soufriere, then to travel south and use up the 72 hours before we had to be away.
"But bureaucracy intervened. HM Customs and Excise in Soufriere told us that exit had to happen within 24 hours of clearing out; and that anyway, we couldn't clear out of Soufriere that day because the Immigration Officer hadn't come to work(!!)
"So here we are in Vieux Fort, the most southerly port of clearance in St Lucia. It's very different. There's a port; an airport and no tourists - and so it's a regular town."
Roger Pratt, 62, from Warwickshire, died while defending his wife Margaret, who is being treated in hospital after the attack.
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