Roger Pratt's wife Margaret says they 'felt safe in Saint Lucia until those final tragic minutes'

Saint Lucian

authorities have responded in the untimely death of British National,

Roger Pratt, on board his yacht while anchored off the the island’s

southern coast
.

Roger

and Margaret Pratt were attacked on their vessel on Friday, January

17, in Vieux Fort. The Warwickshire couple were seven months into a round-the-world voyage.

Mr Pratt, aged 62, was found dead in the water near their yacht Magnetic Attraction. His wife Margaret was treated for injuries and then discharged. 

Three suspects are in custody and charges are expected to be laid shortly in this matter. 

The results of a post mortem on Roger Pratt, conducted on Monday January 20, indicate that he died of asphyxia secondary to blunt force

trauma.

Minister

for tourism, heritage and the creative industries, Hon. Lorne

Theophilus, has expressed his sympathies to Mrs Pratt and her family

on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia.

Minister

Theophilus said: ‘We as a Government have extended our deepest

sympathies to the family of Mr Roger Pratt and indeed have been in

constant interface with his wife, Mrs Pratt.’

The

Minister commended the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for an aggressive

and thorough investigation.

Despite this latest incident, the island’s

Tourism Minister assures that Saint Lucia is in fact a very safe

destination, and that this, in no way, underscores the character of the

Saint Lucian people.

‘We felt safe in Saint

Lucia until those final tragic minutes’

In an interview with the Government of St Lucia, Mrs Pratt denied reports that they had been prohibited from leaving the

island because of bureaucracy. Mrs Pratt said she and her

husband had always intended to dock in Vieux Fort then leave on Tuesday 21 January and head to Bequia in

the Grenadines. 

She

said: ‘We knew when we left Soufriere that the customs station in Vieux

Fort was only manned Monday to Friday.

‘We understood the regulation to

be, if we signed out from Soufriere we could still leave from Vieux

Fort as long as we left within three days.

‘When we visited the Customs

and Excise in Soufriere, the Chief Officer at the time explained that

our understanding was not correct and that we needed to go within 24

hours. Because we wanted to go to Vieux Fort, we didn’t sign out.’

Mrs Pratt denied that her husband had been gunned down or

stabbed by assailants.

Mrs

Pratt said she and her husband enjoyed their time in Saint Lucia: ‘We’ve been here almost two and a half weeks. We felt safe in Saint

Lucia until those final tragic minutes.

‘And we’ve had considerable

kindness from very many people and that kindness is continuing during

the period of the homicide investigation.’