Regional News — March 16, 2017 at 10:21 am — Updated: March 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Denbighshire teenager dies after yacht fall


Family photo: GoFundMe

A teenager from Denbighshire has died after falling from a luxury yacht in Jamaica.

Bethany Smith from Glyndyfrdwy, near Corwen fell from Germania Nova, a 196ft-long luxury schooner, while it was berthed in the town of Port Antonio on Tuesday. The 18 year-old died later in hospital from multiple injuries.

Ms Smith left Wales in 2007 and began sailing around the world with her family, travelling from Aberystwyth to the Mediterranean, before touring the Canary Islands and west Africa and in March 2012, travelling to the Carribean.

Foreign Office officials say they are supporting her family and remain in contact with Jamaican authorities – it’s understood her mother, Sarah, is in Trinidad while her father, David, is in the Netherlands on business.

Ms Smith had been working as a deckhand for the Germania Nova for over a year. Local sources claimed she had been cleaning the mast when a rope came undone. Hill Robinson, which charters the boat, said it was carrying out an ”immediate investigation” into her death.

A memorial fundraising page, set up on the website ”GoFundMe”, has already raised over £9,800 in less than 24 hours to pay for travel and funeral costs.

The page states: ”This family has suffered an unspeakable loss. This fund will help alleviate a portion of their financial stress, so they don’t have to worry about the costs of being together to lay Bethany to rest…Bethany will be remembered for being a generous person and “a ray of sunshine” who brought laughter and music into the lives of those she met.”

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