A former TVNZ journalist has been killed in a boat accident
near the Seychelles.
Rebecca Davidson, 35, was one of five people travelling on a
boat between the main island of Mahe and an outlying resort
island when it collided with another vessel.
Davidson, who had been in the popular tourist destination on
assignment for Dubai Eye Radio, was pronounced dead on
arrival at Seychelles Hospital.
Four other people were taken to the hospital for examination
and one, a British national, was admitted and is in a stable
The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration and Seychelles
police are investigating the incident. Seychelles is situated
1500km off the coast of mainland Africa.
In a statement, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain
St. Ange, and the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport,
Joel Morgan, said they met with the four visitors at the
Seychelles Hospital immediately following the accident.
Mr St. Ange said: "We would like to express our deepest
condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Rebecca
Davidson. We are saddened by the loss of the life of Rebecca,
and the trauma suffered by everyone else onboard. We are
doing everything to provide support to the affected
passengers and their families."
Mr Morgan said:"It is deeply regrettable that this tragedy
has taken place, and we are ensuring that a full
investigation is carried out. The safety of passengers using
ferries between the islands is of paramount importance for
our islands, and such accidents are rare. The investigation
will reveal the exact causes of the collision and will enable
the authorities to take appropriate action."
Davidson studied communication at AUT University. She went on
to work for TVNZ as a journalist and producer for One News
- Herald on Sunday staff