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La Polonia stew broke her neck in fall, coroner reports

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UPDATE: Jan. 24

A coroner report cites a “serious traumatic injury and fracture of the spine” as the cause of death for British Chief Stew Rebecca Boyle, according to a story in The Reading Chronicle

Boyle was found dead on the floor of her cabin on board M/Y La Polonia on July 4. The yacht was docked in the Port of Imperia, Italy. She was 32.

Senior Coroner Heidi Connor declared her death accidental.

UPDATE: July 18
British Chief Stew Rebecca Boyle was found dead in her cabin on board M/Y La Polonia on July 4. She died during the night from a broken neck sustained during an accidental fall while returning to her cabin, according to the coroner’s report as reported in SanRemoNews.it.

ORIGINALLY REPORTED JULY 5
British Chief Stew Rebecca Boyle was found dead in her cabin on board M/Y La Polonia on July 4, according to several media sources. The yacht is docked in the Port of Imperia, Italy. She was 32.

It is suspected that Ms. Boyle died from a head or neck injury sustained in a fall. The incident is under investigation as an accident, according to The Sun Online. Local law enforcement said they received a call after a crew member said Ms. Boyle did not show up for breakfast and her body was found laying on the floor in her cabin at about 8 a.m. She was found alone with a suitcase on the floor, no blood or signs of violence were reported, and autopsy results are pending.

Rebecca Boyle
Nov. 20, 1985 – July 4, 2018
Photo from Facebook

Ms. Boyle’s resume includes work as a chief stew with Allied Marine Brokerage and on the 40m M/Y Imperial, the 38m M/Y Constance Joy and the 32m M/Y Seven. Other work included work as stew on the 70m M/Y Martha Ann, the 52m M/Y Seahorse, the 34m M/Y Robusto, and the 25m M/Y Little Taiba, and as deckhand on the 42m M/Y My Way.

For more visit The Sun Online.

The Triton will be writing about the life of Ms. Boyle and welcomes stories and photos from family, friends and colleagues. Please contact dorie@the-triton.com.
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