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British Yachtsman Died From 'Blast Injuries'
A British man found in the ocean next to his burning yacht "died as a result of multiple-trauma in keeping with blast injuries", according to a post-mortem.
Fifty-three-year-old John Edward Garner was discovered on March 28 in the waters off the Caribbean island of St Vincent.
A police statement said: "Garner's body was discovered with injuries to both of his legs as well as to his head.
"Prior to the coastguard's arrival, personnel of Indigo Dive, St Vincent, had responded to the incident and had found the body of the deceased floating in the water.
"Garner was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"The post-mortem examination further stated that Garner's injuries ruptured his heart, aorta, stomach, head and ribs."
Police initially said they suspected foul play and were looking for Mr Garner's partner Heidi Hukkelaas.
But the statement on Monday said: "Investigations show that Hukkelaas, a Norwegian, left the state on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, via the J.F. Mitchell Airport on the Grenadine isle of Bequia and is not a person of interest at this time.
"It is believed that Garner was the lone individual on the catamaran."
Indigo Dive's British owner Kay Wilson discovered Mr Garner in the water.
She told Sky News she sent one of her rescue divers in to pull him out and start first aid.
She said that he had very significant injuries, but it was clear he had shown immense "courage and fortitude" to attempt to deploy his life raft and get away from the boat.
Yacht magazine Caribbean Compass editor Sally Erdle told Sky News it was possible that Mr Garner had been the victim of a cooking gas explosion.
She said her publication had recently reported on two similar incidents, and that propane leaks on board could be a huge safety risk.
The Royal St Vincent and The Grenadine's police force said it had been in contact with the British High Commission and Mr Garner's family, and that investigations were ongoing.