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Colleague of Dubai journalist killed in Seychelles crash to return today

The radio news editor injured in the Seychelles boating accident that killed her colleague, Rebecca Davidson, is expected to return to Dubai today.

Rebecca Davidson, who was killed in a boating accident in the Seychelles. Photo courtesy of Hanan Marafie
Rebecca Davidson, who was killed in a boating accident in the Seychelles. Photo courtesy of Hanan Marafie

DUBAI // The radio news editor injured in the Seychelles boating accident that killed her colleague is expected to return to Dubai today.

Briton Lucy Taylor was aboard a small ferry on Friday with her late colleague from Dubai Eye, Rebecca Davidson, 35, from New Zealand.

They were crossing the channel between the main island of Mahe and Sainte Anne Island when their boat struck another vessel at 9.30pm. Ms Davidson was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The Dubai Eye team was covering the third edition of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria.

The islands' tourism authorities said three other ferry passengers were treated for injuries.

A crew of three from MBC Dubai were also on the Seychelles trip.

It is believed at least two of them were on the same boat as Ms Davidson and Ms Taylor.

The MBC crew returned to Dubai yesterday morning. Ms Taylor and her Dubai Eye producer are expected to return to the UAE today, sources said.

Alain St Ange, the minister for tourism and culture, said Ms Taylor's family had travelled to the islands after hearing the news.

"Her partner is in Seychelles," he said. "We are waiting for her parents. It will then be decided what will be done with the body."

A police investigation has been launched, Mr St Ange added.

Officials at Arabian Radio Network (ARN), which owns Dubai Eye, could not confirm the travel plans.

"We are not quite sure when they are coming in," said Steve Smith, chief operating officer.

Yesterday, staff at ARN gathered to remember Ms Davidson and another colleague, Pooja Raipancholi, 29, a brand manager at ARN, who recently died of cancer.

"The Arab Media Group and ARN got together to support each other," Mr Smith said. "We have had two tragic losses at ARN. We are a tight group and are doing our best to get through this."

pkannan@thenational.ae