Caribbean police are investigating the death of a British yachtsman after he was found onboard a burnt-out life raft with fatal injuries

Police in the

Caribbean have launched an investigation after a British yachtsman died following

a yacht fire near the island of St Vincent.

Sailing instructor

John Garner was discovered after the local coastguard was alerted to a yacht

fire 15 nautical miles off shore on Wednesday.

Reports suggest that a gas explosion onboard the yacht may have been the cause of the fire.

Emergency crews

arrived to find Mr Garner floating on a burnt-out life raft, while the yacht Asante had already sunk. 

The 53-year-old is

reported to have suffered both leg and head injuries and later died in hospital.

Officials are

currently waiting on the results of a post mortem to determine the cause of his


Local police are now

keen to speak to a Norwegian woman named Heidi Hukkelaas, who had been

travelling with Mr Garner. She is believed to be the victim’s wife.

St Vincent’s police

commissioner Michael Charles said: “We are treating the death as suspicious and

are looking at all lines of inquiry.” 

“We suspect foul play

and will investigate the matter fully.  Miss Hukkelaas is a person of interest and as with every

murder investigation we have to look at everyone and everything and will leave

no stones unturned.” 

Police say Ms

Hukkelaas had arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines on January 19th

and had permission to remain in the area until April 19th.

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