Police have revealed that 32-year-old British citizen, Andrew Clapham whose body was found hanging from a tree in a bushy area overlooking the St. George’s Harbour on Christmas Eve died from asphyxia.
“All initial evidence points to suicide,” said Officer in Charge of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Inspector Desmond Richard in an interview with THE NEW TODAY on Monday.
According to the police, the British seaman arrived on island onboard the yacht ‘Sea Owl,’ which docked at the Port Louis Marina on December 10 but 12 days later Clapham and another unnamed crew member had an altercation during a beach barbecue on December 21.
However, it was not until the next morning at about 8 a.m, when the other crew members realised that Clapham had failed to return to his cabin.
Captain of the Sea Owl, Louis Klinkert reportedly told police investigators that an unsuccessful search was mounted for Clapham before the lawmen were notified and called in to help in the matter.
A police spokesman said that a review of the yacht’s security camera footage showed Clapham leaving his cabin with a piece of black marine rope on his shoulder.
“As a result, the officers went searching (in) the environment of the marina and his motionless body was seen hanging from a tree in the nearby bushes overlooking the marina,” he told this newspaper.
The British seaman was pronounced dead by a doctor, who was called on the scene to examine the body, which was then removed by La Qua Brothers Funeral Home.
Preparations were being made to have the deceased seaman shipped to the UK.
Marina Manager of Port Louis Marina which is owned and managed by Camper &Nicholsons Marinas, Charlotte Bonin declined to comment on the death of the British national, when contacted on Monday by this newspaper.
“We will not be issuing a statement…we are respecting the privacy of the family”, she remarked.
Clapham is the second crew member to die on island in recent weeks.
In October 2018, a crew member of the MV Ocean Trader, a Guyanese registered ship that was docked in Grenada, died as a result of an accident.