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Newfoundland businessman dies in Dominican Republic while on vacation

BONAVISTA, N.L. – A little town on Newfoundland’s 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 snorkeling.

Hayley’s 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.

“Even 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,” Goyetche read from a prepared statement.

“Although many tourists who were doctors valiantly attempted to save him, he did pass away.”

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.

“It is quite apparent that he was loved and respected by all.”

Hayley owned a local construction company and a garage and was a busy volunteer in minor hockey, said Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald.

The annual Fireman’s Ball, planned for this Saturday, has been cancelled, she said. One of Hayley’s sons is a volunteer firefighter.

“No one expected this,” Fitzgerald said of a community that has reacted with shocked disbelief at the news.

“They went on holiday, and he’s coming back now in a coffin. It’s hard for us, it’s hard for his family.”

Goyetche said Hayley’s body was being flown back to Newfoundland late Wednesday, accompanied by his wife.


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