Three British nationals are under investigation into the death of a British woman who was killed when she was struck by a speedboat while swimming off a beach in Corfu yesterday.
Claire Glatman, 60, was killed when she was struck by a speedboat while swimming in the sea off Avlaki beach in Corfu. His body was discovered by another swimmer around 10 a.m.
Three young English nationals, whose families own villas on the island, are under investigation in connection with Ms Glatman’s death, local media reported.
The speedboat suspected of having been involved in the incident was found abandoned on a nearby beach and moved to a local marina while port authorities conduct a forensic investigation.
Ms Glatman was from Bedale in North Yorkshire and was on holiday with her husband, Mark, 63, and the eldest of her two daughters, who were informed of her death. She also has two sons.
Pictured: Claire Glatman, 60, tragically died yesterday when she was hit by a speedboat while swimming on a beach in Corfu, Greece
This boat is believed to be the one involved in yesterday’s tragic incident on Avlaki beach, Ms Glatman, 60, was fatally injured
His body was taken from the sea shortly before 10 a.m. and taken to Corfu General Hospital. Family attorney identified the body of the 60-year-old man at noon yesterday.
Coroner Ioannis Aivatidis said Ms Glatman suffered multiple injuries to her left wrist, arm, chest, pelvis and upper right leg, resulting in internal and external bleeding.
Aivatidis added that Ms Glatman was hit hard by the outboard, which twisted her and was mutilated in the propeller.
Ms Glatman was alive for a few moments but soon succumbed to her injuries because her aorta had been severed.
The injuries were so severe, he said, that no attempt to resuscitate her would have worked if someone had managed to get her out of the water.
A British woman was killed after being struck by a boat propeller off Avlaki beach yesterday (file photo) off the Greek island of Corfu.
The 60-year-old Briton was swimming off Corfu when a speedboat captain failed to spot her in time
A location map shows where Ms Glatman was fatally injured (Avlaki beach) and where the speedboat suspected of hitting her was later found (Agios Stefanos beach)
She was described as a resident of Corfu for most of the year which was “very popular in the local community”, according to the public broadcaster ERT.
Ms Glatman reportedly fell in love with Mr Glatman on the island 30 years ago and the couple bought a villa more recently, where they spend part of the year, the Telegraph reported.
A friend who chose to remain anonymous told The Telegraph that Ms Glatman was an experienced swimmer.
Corfu Press reported, citing family friends, that Ms Glatman swims in place every day on the island.
Mr. Glatman is Managing Director of a UK national commercial property group called Abstract.
A Coast Guard spokesperson told The Telegraph: “We received an emergency call from local swimmers who found the woman’s body floating in the sea.
Port authorities discovered an abandoned speedboat on a nearby beach. Three young English nationals are questioned about the death of Ms Glatman (pictured: a Greek Coast Guard ship)
“The Coast Guard recovered the body and transferred it to the local public hospital where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of his death. “
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are in contact with local authorities following reports that a British woman has died in Corfu. “
British tourists have returned to Greece in recent weeks after travel restrictions were lifted.
Greece is one of the “travel corridor” countries that tourists can travel to without having to quarantine for two weeks upon their return to Britain.
However, an increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has brought it closer to the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 in a week, at which the UK is likely to reimpose quarantine rules.
The current figure is 14.1, after nearly 1,500 new cases reported in the past seven days.
Greece needs tourism to revive an economy still struggling with the aftermath of a depression that wiped out a quarter of its economy.
New local restrictions have been imposed in tourist hot spots such as Mykonos to curb the spread of the virus, including a midnight curfew for bars, restaurants and cafes and a ban on large gatherings.