An inquest has found that the death of a 33-year-old British lady who died on the Caribbean island of Antigua was due to drowning after becoming trapped in quicksand.
Nicola Raybone was walking on the beach while staying at the five-star Jolly Beach Resort last January when she walked into quicksand unknowingly.
Antiguan police were notified and friends and family sent out a search party after her sandals and phone were found in the resort's bar. Her body was found the next morning washed up on the beach.
According to the UK’s Independent newspaper, the coroner said, "Her family went to look for her but it was getting dark. It was easy to sink deep into the sand. The beach sloped and it became pitch black. The tide that night was very rough and high. A body was found later on the shoreline.”
Raybone had travelled to Antigua with her family to attend her father’s wedding, which was due to take place the following day.
The Jolly Beach Resort issued a statement saying, “Despite this tragic accident, the public beach our resort shares with other hotels is one of the safest in Antigua, and no report of quicksand has ever been recorded.
“Ms Raybone, along with her family and friends, will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”