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It seems happened too often for yachties

Be careful out there.

Caribbean police hunt British yachtsman's Norwegian girlfriend after he is found dead on burnt out life raft after boat blaze | Mail Online
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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

"It seems happened too often for yachties"

What exactly does that mean?
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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

Latest info;
Girlfriend is back in Norway.
Thought is that the boat blew up; propane?
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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

Well, as per my personal opinion it is not the regular thing you find in Caribbean. As far as I know they are generally peace loving people. There might be another story behind the scene.

Hope we find a clear picture of incident once the girl speaks out.
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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

What a poorly written article!

First the implication is that the Norwegian GF killed him and ran away to Norway. Then the author reveals that they have been a couple for some time and the GF always flies home to Norway ahead of him. Then there are two lines where a friend says it may have been an accident, and that he may have bent over a gas canister. Then the implication changes to he was murdered by boat boys of St Vincent.
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The murder comes just two months after retired management consultant Roger Pratt, 62, was murdered and his wife Margaret, 60, injured when robbers attacked their yacht as it lay moored off the Caribbean island of St Lucia.
This is sensationalism at its worst!...

Given the questionable evidence in the article, it seems far more likely that he was the victim of an onboard gas explosion, which he survived long enough to don a life vest, and then succumbed to his injuries.
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"He trained the special forces in Britain, the SAS I believe, although he was a civilian and did not have a rank."
Maybe he knew too much and got whacked.
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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

When the real facts are slow to emerge it really can be distressing.

This boat is well know, but also theres a few other boats called Asante in, were, in the Caribbean.

I hope the real facts get sorted out quickly.
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What a poorly written article!

First the implication is that the Norwegian GF killed him and ran away to Norway. Then the author reveals that they have been a couple for some time and the GF always flies home to Norway ahead of him. Then there are two lines where a friend says it may have been an accident, and that he may have bent over a gas canister. Then the implication changes to he was murdered by boat boys of St Vincent.

This is sensationalism at its worst!...

Given the questionable evidence in the article, it seems far more likely that he was the victim of an onboard gas explosion, which he survived long enough to don a life vest, and then succumbed to his injuries.
Exactly...

But by DAILY MAIL standards, it was well done, and achieved its objective :-)

LPG explosion sure sounds most likely to me, cruisers have been unlucky with propane in the Caribbean lately...

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Re: It seems happened too often for yachties

It's hard to square that fact set and the newspaper photo with murder, unless someone rigged the boat for a gas explosion. Looks like a sad accident and a warning to all to keep your propane systems and gas alarms in good repair.

When was the last time you tested your gas alarms?

---------------- in a related story posted by Jon Eisberg immediately above--------

Do you have gas alarms? Some don't. In the post above Jon has a photo of a gas explosion in the Rio Dulce. Here's more info on the cause of that explosion. It seems the guilty party got away.
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"Divers Doug of s/v Dances With Wind and Vito of s/v Blue Island recovered the propane stove from s/v Panacea which exploded yesterday morning. They discovered that the rubber hose to the stove had been chewed through by a rat. The rat, which survived the explosion was last seen floating on a cushion, heading downriver. Still no update on the condition of Richard who remains in intensive care in a Guatemala City hospital. The propane tank was later discovered. It was not equipped with a 12 volt safety cutoff solenoid and one control knob on the stove was in the open position."

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