North Rhine-Westphalia: Entrepreneurs killed in a yacht accident off Sardinia

Porto Cervo/Hilden (dpa/lnw) - A German-British entrepreneur was killed in a boat accident with a yacht off Sardinia.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Entrepreneurs killed in a yacht accident off Sardinia

Porto Cervo/Hilden (dpa/lnw) - A German-British entrepreneur was killed in a boat accident with a yacht off Sardinia. The British news agency PA reported on Tuesday, citing a message from the family. The mayor of the western English town of Ross-on-Wye, where the 61-year-old lived, was shocked. The man was the owner of a face mask manufacturer whose parent company is based in Hilden in North Rhine-Westphalia.

His 59-year-old wife and 27-year-old daughter were seriously injured in the accident, British media reported. A family lawyer told the Daily Mail newspaper that the couple's son immediately flew to Italy.

According to the report, the yacht crashed into a rock near the holiday resort of Porto Cervo on Sunday. The man was rescued from the water by the crew of another ship but died soon after from his injuries, the Daily Mail said.

The head of the coast guard of the port of Olbia, Francesco Colarullo, told the newspaper: "The damaged ship was towed to Porto Cervo and confiscated by the local prosecutor while the exact process is being investigated." It is possible that the boat was traveling too fast. "We know there were other vessels in the area at the time and the accident may have occurred during evasive action."

The British Foreign Office said it was in contact with Italian authorities over the death of a dual national.

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