Outgoing UK expat killed by a speedboat when snorkelling in the paradise island of Grenada

by William ASTON on September 11, 2012

A Briton residing in Grenada has been killed after he was hit by a speedboat whilst snorkelling.

Martin Beaumont, 55, a private club general manager living in  St George’s, the Caribbean island’s capital city, was declared dead at the scene. He had been snorkelling with a colleague who is now being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred on Sunday evening.

According to sources, the speedboat is owned by an as-of-yet unnamed physician. Mr Beaumont was the manager of the University Club on the campus of St George’s University, which is widely regarded as being Grenada’s best independent medical school. Mr Beaumont, who originally hailed from Cornwall, had been living in the Caribbean with his wife for four years. The club that Mr Beaumont managed is located in an idyllic setting close to a beach, shaded by mango and palm trees.

A close friend told reporters that Mr Beaumont was a good person that will be sadly missed. The friend added that he was very outgoing and had a good sense of humour. Another friend said the Briton was a keen swimmer.

During his time in Grenada, Mr Beaumont was dedicated to making other visitors feel welcome on the Caribbean island. Police in Grenada, a country of 100,000 that relies heavily on its tourism industry, have so far released few details regarding the accident but have said that their investigation is well underway.

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