December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A dream boat trip to an idyllic Mediterranean island ended in tragedy when a Norfolk grandfather collapsed and died in the sea.
Frank Racher, 67, of Great Yarmouth, was holidaying in Turkey with wife June, 61, when the horror unfolded.
The pair had set out on a boat trip from the port town of Mamaris when the vessel stopped at Paradise Island.
Mr Racher went for a swim, but moments later was spotted struggling in the sparkling waters.
Other passengers and boat crew managed to drag his lifeless body back on board.
Frantic crew summoned the coastguard and performed CPR until the emergency services arrived.
But despite working for nearly half-an-hour to resuscitate him he was declared dead at the scene last Wednesday, September 11.
It is thought he suffered a heart attack.
One passenger, who did not want to be named, said: “It was very sad.
“One minute we were all enjoying a fabulous day on the water, having a few beers in the sunshine, the next it was chaos.
“The crew and coastguard tried so hard to revive him – we can’t believe he died.
“It was so sad – all the passengers on board were shocked – most were in tears – it was tragic.”
Their pleasure cruise, the Mega-Diana, had been just 10 minutes into its voyage when it stopped at the island.
Mrs Racher had stayed on board while her husband went swimming.
Later that day Mr Racher’s daughter Joanne posted on her Facebook page: “Sadly dad died today on holiday in Turkey on a boat-trip.
“Thank God it was instant.
“He always said he wanted to die at sea so he got his wish – rest in peace dad.
“Life will never be the same without you in it. Love you always and forever. What will I do without you to make me laugh.”
The family were regular visitors to Marmaris, having holidayed in the resort for the last six years.