Glyndwyfrydwy teen dies after incident on yacht in Jamaica

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Josh Morris

An 18 year old girl from Denbighshire has died after an incident on a yacht in Jamaica.

Bethany Smith from Glyndyfrydwy died after an accident on the luxury yacht Germania Nova whilst it was docked in the Errol Flynn Marina in Portland, Jamaica.

According to reports Bethany, who was working as a deckhand, died after falling from the mast on Tuesday afternoon.

Bethany had been sailing since she was a child and had helped with humanitarian work in Gambia and the carribean island of Dominica.

Niall Robinson partner at Hill Robinson Yacht Management said: "We are desperately sad to confirm that a tragic accident has occurred on Germania Nova leading to the fatality of a crew member.

"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. Hill Robinson and the Owners are doing everything possible to support the family and friends and of course an immediate investigation is already underway.

"We request the courtesy of privacy for the family and all those affected.

"No further statements will be issued until the results of the investigation are known."

A fundraising page has been set up to help Bethany's family with the aftermath of events with wellwishers donating over $12,000 to help the family meet funeral and travel costs.

"Bethany, beloved daughter of Sarah & David Smith, and sister to Bryn Smith, died tragically on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, when she fell off the mast of the vessel she had been working on over a year. She was 18-years-old," writes friend of the family Willie Haskins.

"Bethany's father, Dave, is working in the Netherlands. Her mother, Sarah, is in Trinidad and her brother, Bryn, is in Antigua. The costs of air fares, food and lodging to reunite the family on such short notice are staggering. 

"In addition the family will incur the costs of burial. 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 had been sailing the world with her family on the sailing vessel CAPE since she was a child. They had sailed from their home in Wales to the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Caribbean. In Gambia, they did humanitarian work, and Bethany continued that tradition by participating in relief efforts for the Caribbean Island of Dominica. 

"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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