A little town on Newfoundlandâs east coast is grieving after a well-known businessman and volunteer died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
A family member said Derrick Hayley of Bonavista was pulled from the waters of the Punta Cana region in the Dominican on Monday after an incident involving a boat while he was snorkelling.
Hayleyâs brother-in-law, Tim Goyetche, said the 46-year-old man had been on holiday at the Majestic Colonial resort with his wife, one of his three sons and several friends.
âEven though the cause of death seems apparent, until the police investigation and autopsy is completed, I can only state that there was an incident in the water while Derrick was snorkelling involving a boat Monday evening,â Goyetche read from a prepared statement.
âAlthough many tourists who were doctors valiantly attempted to save him, he did pass away.â
Goyetche said no other details are being released at this time.
In Bonavista, a tight-knit community of 4,000 people, there has been an outpouring of support, he added.
âIt is quite apparent that he was loved and respected by all.â
Hayley owned a local construction company and a garage and was a busy volunteer in minor hockey, said Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald.
The annual Firemanâs Ball, planned for this Saturday, has been cancelled, she said. One of Hayleyâs sons is a volunteer firefighter.
âNo one expected this,â Fitzgerald said of a community that has reacted with shocked disbelief at the news.
âThey went on holiday, and heâs coming back now in a coffin. Itâs hard for us, itâs hard for his family.â
Goyetche said Hayleyâs body was being flown back to Newfoundland late Wednesday, accompanied by his wife.
The Canadian Press â Bonavista
A family member of a man from Newfoundland says his brother-in-law has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
Tim Goyetche says Derrick Hayley was pulled from the waters of the Punta Cana region in the Dominican on Monday after an incident involving a boat while he was snorkelling.
He says Hayley, who was a businessman in the community of Bonavista on Newfoundlandâs east coast, had been vacationing with his wife, one of his three sons and several friends.
Goyetche says no other details are being released until an investigation and autopsy are complete.
He says other tourists at the Majestic Colonial resort who were doctors tried to save the 46-year-old manâs life at the scene.
He says Hayley owned a construction company and a garage in Bonavista and was a well loved volunteer who was active in minor hockey.
A Bonavista man in his late 40s has died in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, while snorkeling with family and friends who were vacationing there.
The tragedy has shocked the town.
The man, whose name has not been released, was staying at the Majestic Elegance resort.