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Female foreigner dies after falling aboard sailboat in Portland
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Following what has been estimated by bystanders to be a 30-foot fall, the woman was rushed to the Port Antonio hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The deceased was among 20 persons aboard a 60-foot sailboat which docked at the mega yacht ...

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Well, it's a sad day in the Caribbean islands with this daughter of a very well known and loved cruising family.
On her first big job at just 18 tender years.

We watched her grow up from a kid on a kid boat to a young adult stretching her wings for the first time.

My heart breaks for her family.

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That's a shame. I go up our mast pretty often and the older I get the more careful I am with preparations and with who is on deck looking after the hoist.
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I don't go aloft anymore. I'm chicken

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There's a fund for her family to pay for airfare and such - https://www.gofundme.com/the-bethany...al-fund/donate
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An awful, awful tragedy... my deepest sympathies for the family
Was it a gear failure? Gear failure is always on my mind when I have to do something risky.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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An awful, awful tragedy... my deepest sympathies for the family
Was it a gear failure? Gear failure is always on my mind when I have to do something risky.
Dunno yet.

I hope safety is as good on superyachts as it is on shore for workers aloft.

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if this happened on a "super" yacht the owners should have the resources to cover the cost of her transportation, funeral, etc...
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This inquiry is being done by the yacht management company.
That's not the same as a government legislated / police / coronial etc inquiry.

Article includes a great photo of Bethany

Inquiry launched into Bethany Smith's yacht-fall death - BBC News


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An inquiry has been launched into how a teenager fell to her death on a luxury yacht in Jamaica.
Deckhand Bethany Smith, 18, of Denbighshire, was working up a mast of 196 ft (60m) luxury schooner Germania Nova, berthed in Port Antonio.
Yacht management company Hill Robinson, which charters the Germania Nova, has started an "immediate investigation".
Hill Robinson partner Niall Robinson said they were "doing everything to support the family and friends".
Ms Smith left her home in Glyn-Dyfrdwy to sail around the world with her family 10 years ago in their yacht "Cape" along with her younger brother Bryn.
After spending three years cruising around the Mediterranean, the family sailed on to the Canary Islands and west Africa where they spent a further two years before crossing the Atlantic in March 2012.
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They have since toured the Caribbean islands extensively, writing about their travels online.
Writing in a blog last year, Ms Smith's mother said the family were delighted she had got a job as a trainee on the Germania Nova.
A crowdfunding page set-up to help her family said the yacht was berthed in Port Antonio when she fell and Ms Smith died in hospital from multiple injuries.
Jamaican police said Ms Smith was cleaning the Germania Nova's mast on Tuesday afternoon when the ropes became undone and she fell on to the deck.
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"We are desperately sad to confirm that a tragic accident has occurred on Germania Nova leading to the fatality of a crew member," said Mr Robinson.
"The crew member's next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with the family, friends and fellow crew members at this very difficult time."
A family friend who started a gofundme campaign to help the family meet the costs of the tragedy said Ms Smith would be remembered for being "a generous person and a ray of sunshine who brought laughter and music into the lives of those she met".
The memorial fund has passed its target and raised around 10,000 (US $12,185) to help her family pay for the travel and funeral costs

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This is the boat: GERMANIA NOVA Yacht for Sale | Factoria Naval de Marin Luxury Sail Yacht | Northrop & Johnson
"Jamaican police said Ms Smith was cleaning the Germania Nova's mast on Tuesday afternoon when the ropes became undone and she fell on to the deck."
Gear failure or human error

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