This is the first picture of a British mum-of-four who died after she was hit by a speedboat’s propeller while swimming in the sea in Greece.
Three young English nationals were being questioned for possible involvement in Monday’s death of Claire Glatman, 60, off a beach in Corfu, where she lived part of the year.
Mrs Glatman, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, was on holiday with her husband Mark, 63, and the eldest of her two daughters, who are in a “state of shock”, it is reported.
The boat was pulling a water skier and did not stop when Mrs Glatman was struck off Avlaki beach at about 10am, local media reported.
She was alive for a few minutes after being struck, and died of blood loss and multiple injuries, a post-mortem found.
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A boat found unoccupied at a beach in the resort of Agios Stefanos has been seized and moved to a marina for a forensic investigation.
According to Corfu Press, the English nationals’ families own villas on the island, which is off Greece’s north-west coast in the Ionian Sea. No-one has been arrested.
Mrs Glatman suffered horrific injuries to her legs, and a post-mortem found the cause of death to be blood loss and multiple injuries, Enimerosi reported.
Coroner Ioannis Aivatidis said Mrs Glatman was still alive for a few minutes after the collision.
Her body was identified by the family’s lawyer.
The Glatmans have two daughters and two sons, and are said to have fallen in love with the area while on holiday seven years ago, the Telegraph reported.
The couple purchased a villa on the island and lived there part of the year.
Mr Glatman, chief executive of a British commercial property group called Abstract, and one of the couple’s daughters were in Corfu and were “in a state of shock”, Corfu Press reported.
Mrs Glatman was a trustee of the Hospital Of St Michael The Archangel in Bedale.
She was “very popular in the local community” in Corfu, public broadcaster ERT reported.
The mum is said to have gone swimming every day in a secluded spot off Avlaki beach, where the family’s villa is located.
It is said that she was a few hundred metres from the beach when she was hit by the boat.
Swimmers who go beyond 200 metres (656ft) from shore must have a special buoy attached to them to signal boats in the area.
A friend, who was not named, told the Telegraph that Mrs Glatman, who has a twin sister, was an experienced swimmer.
Locals rushed to help Mrs Glatman and raised the alarm after witnessing the incident. A man used a speedboat to reach her, and the coastguard arrived within minutes and pulled her from the water just before 10am.
Her husband and daughter were at the family’s villa when they were informed, it was reported.
Heartbroken friends paid tribute to the mum on Facebook.
One wrote: “She was an absolutely lovely woman. Very much loved on this island. This is (a) huge tragedy.”
Another friend added: “I’m so, so sorry, my thoughts are with her family, she was a very good and genuinely nice person.”
A family friend wrote: “May you Rest In Peace beautiful Claire, you were a wonderful Mum of my good friend Sam Glatman and a great swimmer.
“You were such a beautiful soul, Claire. We are sending deepest condolences to you the Glatman family.”
A coastguard spokesman told the Telegraph: “We received an emergency call by local swimmers who found the woman’s body floating in the sea.
“The coastguard recovered the body and transferred it to the local state hospital where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of her death.”
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with the local authorities following reports that a British woman has died in Corfu.”
Greece is on the UK Government’s air bridge list, meaning it is exempt from “all but essential” travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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