Monday, February 11, 2013Follow
Police in the Seychelles investigating the boat crash death of Dubai journalist Rebecca Davidson have arrested the crews of both vessels it was confirmed on Monday.The 35-year-old New Zealander, who was deputy head of programming at the Arabian Radio Network (ARN) in Dubai, was on a working trip to the Seychelles when the ferry she was travelling on collided with another boat on Friday night.
She was rushed to the Seychelles Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The blood samples taken from the crew of both boats are being tested for alcohol and drugs.
St Ange also revealed Rebecca’s family has travelled to the Seychelles. He added: “They arrived at 1.30pm on Monday and we will assist them in whatever way they wish.
“This has been a most unfortunate accident. Yesterday we held a minute’s silence at the carnival which Rebecca was here for.”
Rebecca was a popular presenter on Dubai Eye and has been described by her colleagues as: “a true inspiration.” Rebecca’s colleague, Lucy Taylor, who sustained injuries, including a broken arm, in the crash has returned to Dubai.
Steve Smith, chief operating officer of ARN said: “Lucy has returned to Dubai. It’s great that she’s home on familiar turf. We hope that she will be given a bit of space.”
A memorial service for Rebecca may be held in Dubai after discussions with her family.