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British man’s death ruled an accident

This past weekend saw police in Placencia retrieving the body of Philip Crabtree from the shores of Placencia.  The British national has reportedly only been in Belize for a few weeks prior to his death.  Yesterday, police ruled his death as an accident.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “On Friday morning sometime around 5:45 am Placencia police were called to an area along the seaside where they observed the body of a clear complexion male person floating in the sea. His body was retrieved from the sea and he was later identified as Philip Crabtree, a British National. What we know so far is that Mr.Crabtree was socializing in Placencia Village from the evening and sometime after 9 pm he was in the company of a Belizean socializing where the Belizean left him and he was seen going in the direction of the beach with a bottle of rum and that was the last time he was seen alive. A post mortem has since been conducted on his body this morning where it concluded that he died from asphyxia due to fluid inhalation which is consistent with drowning. A small injury above one of his eyes which may have been consistent with his fall into the water. From the onset the British High Commission personnel have been on board.”

Crabtree was reportedly involved with a Belize City woman who told Love News that she was trying to contact his family abroad to notify them.