x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Employer offers to fly home body of Dubai fitness trainer

The employer of a fitness trainer who died after falling from a balcony has offered to pay to repatriate his body to Britain.

DUBAI // The employer of a fitness trainer who died after falling from a balcony has offered to pay to repatriate his body to Britain.

Elwood McIlwraith, 29, from Hull, fell from a building at Jumeirah Lakes Towers on May 4.

His family had set up a Facebook page to help raise money to bring him home, until his employer stepped in.

Alison Ramsay, a manager at Smart Fitness, said the responsibility lay with the company.

"As his employer, we're liable to cover the cost. We've told the family there's no need to set up a fund-raising site," she said.

Mr McIlwraith's sister, Melanie, set up the page last Thursday asking for donations to "help bring Elwood home".

Ms Ramsay said no decision had been taken on whether Mr McIlwraith, who married his wife Susie in February, would be cremated in the UAE or repatriated to the UK for burial.

"It's still under discussion," she said. "We're going through the process at the moment for the release of the body.

"We're still waiting for the authorities to provide us with the relevant certificates. Nothing has happened yet."

Dubai Police could not be reached yesterday to confirm the circumstances of the death.

mcroucher@thenational.ae