Burnt Body Found

Police are continuing investigations into the death of British national John Edward Garner, whose body was found aboard a partly burnt life raft about 15 nautical miles west of Buccament yesterday.

Police say they received reports at approximately 12:30pm yesterday that a yacht was on fire at sea off the Buccament waters.

The Coastguard Service responded immediately to the report, and Garner, 53, was found with injuries to both of his legs as well as his head. He was rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The yacht is believed to be the ‘ASANTE’, which was registered in Gibraltar.

Police say debris and an oil spill were discovered at the scene of the incident where it is believed the yacht sunk.

Preliminary investigations show that Garner arrived in the state by air, on Sunday, January 19th, along with his female companion, Heidi Hu-kke-laas, and was granted an extension to remain in the state no longer than April 19, 2014. Hu-kke-laas whereabouts are unknown, but checks revealed that she did not leave the state at any of the airports or seaports.