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A British woman has died on a beach in Antigua just hours after she arrived on holiday.

Nicola Raybone, 33, from St Annes, Lancashire, had flown out to the Caribbean island last Thursday, reportedly to celebrate her father's wedding.

It is thought that she landed on the island on a British Airways flight at about 4pm before transferring to the Jolly Beach Resort.

Her family last saw her three hours later but then raised the alarm when she could not be located and her body was discovered on the shoreline at the hotel about a hour afterwards.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Antigua on January 19. We are in touch with the Antiguan authorities and providing consular assistance."

Posting an online tribute to mother-of-two Ms Raybone, her uncle Dave Barlow said: "Nicola was the most pleasant girl I've ever met. Never once have I heard her raise her voice to anyone. She loved her kids unconditionally and she received the same back from them.

"My sister is inconsolable. None of this makes any sense to us, so please anyone with any information let the police know. I also realise it is most likely to be just a tragic accident but we need to know."

In another online posting to the Antigua Chronicle, Mr Barlow said his niece had travelled with her two children, aged 11 and 13, with a friend and her children to celebrate the wedding of Ms Raybone's father.

Senior Sergeant William Holder, of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, said Ms Raybone's body was found soaking wet in the surf, 45 minutes after friends raised the alarm.

Ms Raybone - whose death is not being treated as murder - was discovered at high tide, when the sea was "relatively rough", police said. There were no visible marks on her body.


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