Tue | Sep 26, 2017

Businessman dies during swim to shore from party yacht in MoBay

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Paul Seaton

WESTERN BUREAU:

Fifty-five-year-old Paul Seaton placed his cellular phone in a protective plastic bag before jumping from the yacht he had partied on most of last Saturday.

His swim to shore was approximately 50 metres, however, the managing director of Fire Safety & Mechanical Services Ltd - a subsidiary of YP Seaton & Associates - did not make it, and he was not missed by any of his friends until hours later.

"Two other persons dove off the boat with the intention of swimming to land. Paul went shortly after, and being a very good swimmer, with such a short distance, we would never have anticipated anything happening," a friend who was on the yacht told The Gleaner.

Seaton reportedly left the boat about 7 p.m.

On Sunday morning, after his friends scoured the area and saw that his car had not left its parking spot, where he had originally boarded the boat, they knew something was wrong.

By 7 a.m., Seaton's body was discovered by a lifeguard at the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club, the venue for the Tightlines party he had attended.

Tightlines is one in a series of events staged during the Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament, which raises funds for the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Police investigating the incident believe Seaton drowned en route to shore.

"We understand that he decided to swim ashore, saying he was close to his home. He may have encountered difficulties on the way," a police officer involved in the investigation told The Gleaner.

Seaton had an illustrious career in the construction industry, where he spent the last 25 years. Up to his time of death, he was the contractor on the fire-suppression systems being installed at the new Decameron resort under construction on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay.

Over the years, Seaton has served in various capacities at YP Seaton, including special projects manager. Some of the projects he worked on include the Sangster International Airport, Bank of Nova Scotia - Lucea and Falmouth, the Cornwall Regional Hospital, and the Titles Office.

Seaton died leaving a wife and two young children. He is the son of businessman Y.P. Seaton.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com