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Hor­ror in Corfu as ex­pat mum of four is killed by speed­boat

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THREE Bri­tons were ques­tioned in Corfu yes­ter­day over the death of a mother of four killed by a speed­boat while swim­ming in an idyl­lic bay.

Claire Glat­man, 60, suf­fered hor­rific in­juries when she was run over by the boat dur­ing her daily morn­ing swim.

The boat, which was ear­lier seen zig-zag­ging along the waves, failed to stop and sped off out to sea as beach­go­ers rushed to reach Mrs Glat­man, lo­cal me­dia said.

Mrs Glat­man, a char­ity fundraiser, was pulled from the wa­ter at Avlaki Bay by the coast­guard and taken to hospi­tal, where she was pro­nounced dead.

She and hus­band Mark, 64, a mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, own a villa near the beach where the tragedy hap­pened and spend sev­eral months a year there.

One of their daugh­ters is on hol­i­day with them and is said to have helped iden­tify the body with her dev­as­tated fa­ther.

Yes­ter­day, Greek au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the tragedy and ques­tion­ing three ‘young English na­tion­als’, aged be­tween 20 and 30, whose fam­i­lies also have vil­las on the is­land.

Mrs Glat­man was killed at 10am on Mon­day. A speed­boat found aban­doned that af­ter­noon on a beach at Agios Ste­fanos, on the opposite side of the is­land, has been seized and ex­am­ined by Port Au­thor­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that a second speed­boat had also been seized.

The Glat­mans, who have two sons and two daugh­ters, were said to be pop­u­lar and well known among the is­land's wealthy ex­pat com­mu­nity. They bought the villa seven years ago.

Mrs Glat­man was swim­ming well away from the beach at Avlaki when the speed­boat, pos­si­bly tow-ing a wa­ter­skier, hit her.

Coroner Ioan­nis Ai­va­tidis said she suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries to her left wrist, arm, chest, pelvis and up­per right leg, adding that she had been hit hard by the speed­boat, and died after just a few mo­ments.

Mr Glat­man was at their villa when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Friend Bibi Tyszkiewic­z wrote on Face­book: 'She was an abso-lutely lovely wo­man. Very much loved on this is­land. Thoughts to the fam­ily. This is a huge tragedy'

Julie Evans added: 'I'm so, so sorry, my thoughts are with her fam­ily, she was a very good and gen­uinely nice per­son. God bless,

RIP' The Glat­mans' home in the UK is a North York­shire manor house, parts of which date back to the 13th cen­tury. Res­i­dents in the vil­lage of Well were also left reel­ing by the news.

A neigh­bour said: 'It is dread­ful news. She loved Corfu and they spent a lot of time there, but she was also a pop­u­lar per­son around Well. I knew her as a beau­ti­ful soul, friendly and very young at heart.' An­other vil­lager said: 'What a hor­ri­ble thing to hap­pen. My thoughts are with Mark and the rest of the fam­ily'

Mr Glat­man, a so­lic­i­tor, runs a prop­erty developmen­t group. He set up the Ab­stract group of com-pa­nies, now worth in ex­cess of £80 mil­lion, 20 years ago and was named 2007 Prop­erty En­trepre-neur of the Year.

No-one from the fam­ily was avail­able for com­ment yes­ter­day.

The dan­gers posed by speed-boats are well known around Corfu. Swim­mers are sup­posed to stay within 220 yards of the shore and speed­boats should only ap­proach shore at low speed.

The For­eign Of­fice said it was in con­tact with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties fol­low­ing the death.

 ??  ?? Char­ity fundraiser: Claire Glat­man with busi­ness­man hus­band Mark
Char­ity fundraiser: Claire Glat­man with busi­ness­man hus­band Mark
 ??  ?? Seized: One of the boats im­pounded by the is­land au­thor­i­ties
Seized: One of the boats im­pounded by the is­land au­thor­i­ties
 ??  ?? Idyl­lic: Mrs Glat­man Glat­man­was was swim­ming in Avlaki Bay
Idyl­lic: Mrs Glat­man Glat­man­was was swim­ming in Avlaki Bay

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