MoBay busi­ness­man drowns dur­ing swim to shore from party yacht

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - janet.sil­vera@glean­

FIFTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD PAUL Seaton placed his cel­lu­lar phone in a pro­tec­tive plas­tic bag be­fore jump­ing from the yacht he had par­tied on most of last Satur­day.

His swim to shore was ap­prox­i­mately 50 me­tres, how­ever, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Fire Safety & Me­chan­i­cal Ser­vices Ltd – a sub­sidiary of YP Seaton & As­so­ci­ates – did not make it, and he was not missed by any of his friends un­til hours later.

“Two other per­sons dove off the boat with the in­ten­tion of swim­ming to land. Paul went shortly af­ter, and be­ing a very good swim­mer, with such a short dis­tance, we would never have an­tic­i­pated any­thing hap­pen­ing,” a friend who was on the yacht told The Gleaner.

Seaton re­port­edly left the boat about 7 p.m.

On Sun­day morn­ing, af­ter his friends scoured the area and saw that his car had not left Mon­tego Freeport, where he had orig­i­nally boarded the boat, they knew some­thing was wrong.

By 7 a.m., Seaton’s body was dis­cov­ered by a life­guard at the Doc­tor’s Cave Bathing Club, the venue for the Tight­lines party he had at­tended.

Tight­lines is one in a se­ries of events staged dur­ing the Mon­tego Bay In­ter­na­tional Mar­lin Tour­na­ment, which raises funds for the Corn­wall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent be­lieve Seaton drowned en route to shore.

“We un­der­stand that he de­cided to swim ashore, say­ing he was close to his home. He may have en­coun­tered dif­fi­cul­ties on the way,” a po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told The Gleaner.

Seaton had an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, where he spent the last 25 years. Up to his time of death, he was the con­trac­tor on the fire­sup­pres­sion sys­tems be­ing in­stalled at the new De­cameron re­sort un­der con­struc­tion on Glouces­ter Av­enue in Mon­tego Bay.

Over the years, Seaton has served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties at YP Seaton, in­clud­ing spe­cial projects man­ager. Some of the projects he worked on in­clude the Sang­ster In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Bank of Nova Sco­tia – Lucea and Fal­mouth, the Corn­wall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, and the Ti­tles Of­fice.

Seaton died leav­ing a wife and two young chil­dren. He is the son of busi­ness­man Y.P. Seaton.

Paul Seaton

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