Pictured: British mother-of-three, 44, who was killed in motorboat crash in Turkish holiday resort Marmaris as tour operator tells how she died in his arms
- Anna Capuano from Derbyshire died from a catastrophic head injury in the crash
- Her partner, Peter Oxford, 39, was knocked unconscious and is in intensive care
- Mustafa Bey, who held Anna in his arms as she died, said it was a ‘tragedy’
This is the first picture of the British woman killed in a horror motorboat crash in the waters off the bustling Turkish holiday resort of Marmaris.
Anna Capuano suffered catastrophic head injuries when the speed boat she was traveling in struck a water taxi close to the beach.
The 44-year-old mother-of-three died shortly afterwards despite the frantic efforts of Turkish paramedics and first aiders to save her.
Her partner, Peter Oxford, 39, was knocked unconscious and suffered severe internal injuries that have kept him in intensive care at the town’s Ahu Hospital.
Two other British tourists were involved in the accident but suffered minor injuries. They returned to the UK yesterday.
A tour operator today told how Anna, 44, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, died in his arms after she was brought to shore.
Anna Capuano, a 44-year-old mother-of-three died shortly afterwards despite the frantic efforts of Turkish paramedics and first aiders to save her.
Anna’s partner is still in intensive care in hospital in Turkey after he suffered severe internal injuries in the crash
Mustafa Bey, a tour guide, described holding Anna in his arms as she died. He said: ‘There has never been an accident like this in Marmaris. Everyone is in shock and upset. It’s so sad’
Mustafa Bey told MailOnline: ‘It’s a tragedy. She died in my arms.
‘It is such a terrible thing to have happened.
‘There has never been an accident like this in Marmaris. Everyone is in shock and upset. It’s so sad.’
He added: ‘Her partner was knocked unconscious. He broke six or seven ribs and has other internal injuries.
‘He was rushed to hospital. He was in a coma but he has regained consciousness now. He is traumatised.’
The couple, who had only recently got together, were enjoying a seven-day package holiday at the five-star Lalila Blue Hotel in Marmaris, booked through TUI, when tragedy struck at 1.30pm on Thursday lunchtime.
Anna – mother to two daughters aged 11 and 13 and a son 22 – had separated from her second husband Jonathan Capuano but the pair had remained on good terms.
Peter Oxford, 39, was knocked unconscious and suffered severe internal injuries that have kept him in intensive care at the town’s Ahu Hospital.
Ex-husband Jonathan said: ‘Anna’s a nice, friendly person, and was going off to Turkey with her new partner.’
Friends and neighbours have told how the couple had been looking forward to their sunshine break in Marmaris, a popular Turkish resort with Britons.
Baljeet Randhawa told MailOnline: ‘This is so sad, she had two young girls, and they will be heartbroken.
‘Anna has been so looking forward to her holiday in Turkey this week.
‘She had split up with her husband about a year ago and had recently met a new partner. It was their first time away together.
‘The girls lived with her but we’re not going on holiday, but were going to stay with their dad.’
Her husband Sabjeet added: ‘She was a lovely person, bubbly and happy and always smiling.
‘It is such a shock. Everyone around here knew her but not that well.
A neighbour added: ‘Anna was a very nice woman and a good neighbour.
‘She had just met a new partner and seemed happy, It is a terrible thing to happen, shocking.’
The Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into the fatal motor boat crash.
A Foreign Office spokesman added: ‘We are providing consular assistance after the death of a British woman and hospitalisation of three British nationals in Turkey, and are in contact with the local authorities.’