A British oil executive’s son has died on holiday in Greece after falling off of a speedboat.
Toby Finnett, 15, was riding on a rigid inflatable boat when he fell off the back and hit the blades of the propeller.
His father Paul Finnett, 53, a managing director at energy and mining company Aon, was at the helm of the boat when the tragic accident occurred.
Toby Finnett (left), 15, was riding on a rigid inflatable boat when he fell off the back and hit the blades of the propeller. His father Paul Finnett (back centre), 53, a managing director at energy and mining company Aon, was at the helm of the boat when the tragic accident occurred
Mr Finnett from Littlehampton, West Sussex, jumped into the water and dragged his younger son on board the vessel, before heading to the nearest port.
But the young boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital on the Ionian island of Paxos, south of Corfu, according to The Times.
The incident occurred last Saturday when Mr Finnett, an experienced and licensed sailor, rented the speedboat for a day trip with Toby, his son Benjamin, 17, and stepson Kai Stark, 14.
Shortly after they began the trip – roughly a mile south of the island’s main port town of Gaios(corr) – the family found themselves in choppy waters.
The rough seas caused the teenager to lose his balance, fall into the sea and hit the boat’s Evinrude propeller – which typically feature three sharp blades.
His brothers described the talented runner and film-maker as their ‘best friend’ and ‘the most incredible and loving character ever’.
Kai posted a video on social media site Instagram on Monday of the boys jumping from a cliff into sparkling waters, which read: ‘I’ll never forget you brother, and my best friend.’
The incident occurred last Saturday when Mr Finnett (centre), an experienced and licensed sailor, rented the speedboat for a day trip with Toby (back), his son Benjamin (right), 17, and stepson Kai Stark (left), 14
Benjamin commented on the video: ‘The most incredible and loving character ever.’ Mr Finnett described the moment he jumped into the sea to try and rescue his son in an extended testimony before the island’s investigating magistrate..
An official told the Times: ‘The father was initially arrested on suspicion of driving negligently but he was released after an investigation determined that the deadly accident was most likely caused by bad weather conditions.’
Greek investigators reportedly claimed the strong currents between Paxos and the small island of Mongonissi caused Toby to become caught in the blades..
During the trip a red alert had been issued against travelling between the island and Corfu because of the rough seas.
Toby, 15, fell off the back of the boat in choppy waters and was hit by the propeller blades. His father jumped in to pull him out but he could not be revived
A Greek coastguard official told The Times: ‘The investigation is ongoing and authorities are continuing to collect information to establish the exact cause of the victim’s death.
‘So far everything points to bad weather conditions and choppy waves that made the young boy lose his balance and fall into the sea.’
Mr Finnett has lived in Texas since 1994 when he moved there with his first wife, Justine Warburton, Toby and Benjamin’s mother.
The couple separated about five years ago.
Mr Finnett then met and married Amanda Stark, whose son, Kai, became part of the family.
Last night Toby’s school St Francis Episcopal in Houston said that it had been made aware of the tragedy.
Mr Finnett’s family in the UK said they did not want to comment.