• Tragic Fall From Mast Claims Deckhands Life



    By Danny Boyle & Olivia Rudgard / THe Telegraph

    British deckhand, 18, dies after falling from mast of luxury yacht she was cleaning 'when ropes came undone'.

    A British teenager has died after falling from the mast of a luxury yacht she was cleaning in Jamaica when the ropes are said to have come undone.

    Bethany Smith, 18, was working as a junior deckhand on the vessel, which was berthed near Portland, when the accident happened.

    Miss Smith, originally from Glyn-Dyfrdwy, Denbighshire, in North Wales, plunged to the deck when the ropes "became undone" while she was cleaning the mast, local police are reported to have said.

    She suffered multiple injuries in the incident on the Germania Nova on Tuesday and died at Port Antonio Hospital hours later.

    Miss Smith, described as a “ray of sunshine”, left the UK a decade ago to sail around the world with her family on their yacht.

    She joined the Germania Nova more than a year ago after falling in love with the boat in Trinidad, according to a crew profile.

    The 181ft (55.42m) luxury yacht was built in 2011 for German steel contractor Jürgen Grossmann and was chartered out to guests for £70,300 (€81,000) a week.

    It is a replica of a 1908 yacht, the Germania, which was built for weapons magnate Dr Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.

    The original Germania was one of the first German high-performance schooners and also one of the fastest racing yachts of its time.

    It was seized as a prize of war from its berth in England when the First World War broke out and later sold. It sank in a storm off the coast of Florida in 1930, where it is a popular destination for scuba divers.

    Dr Krupp's company made armaments for the Germans throughout the First and Second World Wars and he later became a Hitler supporter.

    The accident happened on the 196-foot long (60-metre) schooner while it was berthed at the Errol Flynn Marina.

    Miss Smith wrote a blog about her adventures titled Flutingtootingbethany, with the motto "Live life for today, you never know what tomorrow will bring".


    A Gofundme site has been setup to assist with her family arrange for Miss Smith's funeral described her as "a generous person and 'a ray of sunshine' who brought laughter and music into the lives of those she met".

    The teenager's mother, Sarah, is in Trinidad, her father Dave is in the Netherlands and her brother Bryn is in Antigua, the page states.

    By Thursday morning, the fund had raised more than £9,500 to 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".

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