Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Woman dies in holiday boat tragedy

Gillian Metcalf died instantly from head injuries during the collision on the Rio Negro river

A British mother has been killed in a boating accident while with her family during a dream holiday to Brazil.

Gillian Metcalf, 50, of Tenterden, Kent, was travelling with her husband and two daughters when their boat was struck at high speed by another vessel.

She died instantly from head injuries during the collision on the Rio Negro river on September 5. It is believed the other boat did not stop and help.

Her husband Charlie told the Daily Mail it was "an accident that should never have happened" while her daughter Alice, 18, added "she died happy, painlessly and with her family around her".

Friend and colleague Richard Locke said he was "devastated" by the death and paid tribute to Mrs Metcalf, saying "we have all lost a very special person."

Mrs Metcalf was a partner at the affordable housing law firm Sharratts, which she helped to set up in 1999.

In a statement on the firm's website, he said: "As you will imagine this news has hit us all very hard.

"Gill was a marvellous lawyer, a generous friend and most of all a loving wife and devoted mother to her two girls."

Mrs Metcalf counted skiing, golf, cinema and reading among her hobbies.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Manaus on September 5. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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