Dad falls to his death in parasailing tragedy
A DAD from Wivenhoe plunged to his death on holiday in front of his daughter as the pair were parasailing in Turkey.
Emma Hudson, 25, watched in horror as father Glenn, 50, plunged 50 metres onto a beach after his safety harness reportedly snapped.
The doting daughter from Colchester, had been sailing through the air next to him when tragedy struck at the Mediterranean resort of Side on Saturday.
His wife Linda, 51, told how she had travelled to Side in Turkey on July 20 and had been due to stay there until August 4 with her daughter Emma, who works in sales, son Benn, 22, who is an electrician and his girlfriend, Jo Clarke.
The family had been going to Turkey for about nine years and had visited the resort several times. Although Mr Hudson had parasailed on the beach on four or five occasions previously, on this occasion, he and his daughter had paid about �40 each to have a go at around 3pm last Saturday.
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Mrs Hudson, of Westlake Crescent, said: “My husband, daughter and I had just gone for something to eat and headed to the beach.
“My husband said to my daughter, ‘let’s go parasailing’ and we went over to the watersports place.
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“Normally I go in the speedboat with them but I had a really sore neck so I said I’ll take pictures.
“I had just sat under a parasol and I remember closing my eyes. All of a sudden I heard my daughter screaming.
“She ran up the beach and said, ‘dad fell’.”
Mrs Hudson said it was reported her husband had been 50 metres in the air when he fell on the beach and she believes he was killed instantly.
She said a group of Turkish people made a barrier in front of his body and would not let her or her daughter through, because they did not want her to see.
Mrs Hudson said she was due to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary on August 16, but now would be organising her husband’s funeral.
She said: “I should have been planning a party and now I am planning a wake. I feel robbed.”
The mum of two said that the beach was packed with hundreds of people and it was lucky no one else was hurt in her husband’s fall.
She said: “If he had hit and killed anyone he would not have been able to live with himself.”
An investigation has been launched by the Turkish police and Mrs Hudson is considering taking legal action over the incident.
Roof tiler Mr Hudson’s body has not yet been repatriated as the Turkish authorities said they are awaiting paperwork from the post-mortem.