Mother killed after getting trapped in sand during rising tide

Nicola Raybone 
By: Shifra Unger 

Watching the sunset on a beach turned deadly for one mother.

Hours after arriving on a Caribbean island, the mother of two children drowned on a beach when she became trapped in the quicksand while watching the sunset.

Nicola Raybone, 33, had flown to Antigua with her son and daughter in order to attend her father's second marriage ceremony in a five star hotel.

She met friends in one of the bars and enjoyed a drink and a chat together.
When the rest of the party members left for dinner, she decided to stay behind and watch the beautiful sunset on the beach.

As she walked into the sea near the Jolly Beach Resort she got stuck in quicksand, an investigation discovered.
With the darkening sky and the waves beginning to churn around her, she started screaming for help and police were called.

Investigators in Blackpool said her terrified screams could be heard but with the failing light no one could see where she was trapped.

Miss Raybone’s sandals and her mobile phones were discovered in the hotel bar area and a frantic hunt was launched by the family, friends and staff.

Finally, her body was found near the coast at the £300-a-night hotel on the west coast of the island. There are no warnings on the beach, but other visitors have reported problems with quicksand.

Miss Raybone, her daughter Amy, 11, and son Dylan, 13, was due to attend the wedding ceremony on the beach of Kevin, the next day. The uncle, David Barlow, said: "She was a good swimmer and none of this makes sense."



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