Widow slams TUIs unanswered questions after husband dies on snorkelling trip

A woman whose husband drowned on a dream holiday to the Dominican Republic has slammed tour operators TUI, saying there are “a lot of unanswered questions” about what went wrong.

Roy Fawcett was just 58 when he went on a snorkelling excursion while on an all inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic.

While his wife stayed in the shallows, the dedicated family man swam off into deeper waters with a group of fellow snorkellers.

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He was later found floating face down in the water and unresponsive.

Despite attempts by staff to revive the father of two, he was pronounced dead in hospital later the same day.

TUI deny any liability for Roy's tragic death and say the excursion did not form part of the all-inclusive package booked by the couple.

A TUI spokesperson told the Daily Star: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Fawcett following this tragic incident. As this is a legal matter, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

A coroner determined that Roy had died from "accidental drowning on a poorly-monitored holiday excursion".

Nearly five years on from the incident in October 2017, his widow Susan Fawcett, 60, is still no closer to uncovering the truth of what led to his death.

Specialist injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell continue to investigate with their next five day court hearing at Royal Courts of Justice in London set for January 2023.

Sue, from Swindon, Wilts., says that she and Roy only booked the trip under the impression it was provided by their tour operator TUI. She now says that despite the passage of time, she can never forget how such a lovely holiday had gone 'so horribly wrong'.

She said: "I can never forget that terrible day or how what was meant to be a fun day at the end of a holiday of a lifetime could go so horribly wrong. I have lost my husband, our children have lost their father and what we are all left with are a lot of unanswered questions concerning that trip and its aftermath.

“Roy and I would never have gone had we not been convinced it was organised by TUI, as we believed official excursions were the best way to make the most of our dream holiday.

"Given our experience, I would urge all holidaymakers to make sure they know who is organising any trips they are planning and that proper safety precautions are in place.

"Nothing can bring Roy back but if we can get some answers and other families are aware of the risks, it means Roy’s death will not have been in vain.”


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