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British window cleaner's dead body is found naked on a yacht off Jamaica after 'inexperienced' sailor set off on solo adventure around the world

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 30/01/2020 Rory Tingle and Colin Maximin For Mailonline

a couple of people posing for the camera: Mark Brennan, 42, from South Shields, (left) had been reported missing nearly two months ago, before his 30ft Avrio sailing boat was seen drifting 71 miles off Jamaica © Provided by Daily Mail Mark Brennan, 42, from South Shields, (left) had been reported missing nearly two months ago, before his 30ft Avrio sailing boat was seen drifting 71 miles off Jamaica A British window cleaner's naked dead body has been found on a yacht off Jamaica after the 'inexperienced' sailor set off for a solo adventure around the world.

Mark Brennan, 42, from South Shields, had been reported missing nearly two months ago, before his 30ft Avrio sailing boat was seen drifting 71 miles off the Caribbean island on Monday.

Coastguards found a decomposing body in the hull and towed it into the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, where police confirmed it was Mr Brennan and started an investigation.

a close up of a map: A map showing Mr Brennan's route across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. It is not clear what British port he left from, so this is shown as an approximate on this map © Provided by Daily Mail A map showing Mr Brennan's route across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. It is not clear what British port he left from, so this is shown as an approximate on this map

Mr Brennan left the UK on December 6 for the 'trip of a lifetime', according to local police, before sailing across the Atlantic to Barbados and then heading 162 miles to Grenada.

He was reported missing 10 days later, when he was struggling for fuel and without a radio, phone or dinghy, according to The Sun.

Mr Brennan's mother, Marjorie, 69, said: 'He's been found and that's very upsetting. We're waiting for the results of an autopsy.'

The solo adventurer had travelled 1,120 miles since its final sighting, and the Jamaican coastguard was alerted to the presence of a British-flagged vessel by colleagues in the US.

'The coast guard contacted us about the vessel and after members of our force entered the boat we found a lifeless male body in there,' a defence force official said.

'We transported the body on to land and the matter is now being investigated by the local police. A post mortem will be carried to establish the cause of death.'

Jamaican police will now determine whether any foul play was involved. 

a small boat in a body of water: Coastguards found a decomposing body in the hull of Mr Brennan's sailing boat and towed it into the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, where police have started an investigation © Provided by Daily Mail Coastguards found a decomposing body in the hull of Mr Brennan's sailing boat and towed it into the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, where police have started an investigation

Northumbria Police said: 'We can confirm a 42-year-old from South Shields was reported missing on December 21 after he had set sail to the Caribbean.

'Enquiries have been ongoing to trace him, and we have since been made aware that authorities in Jamaica have recovered a body on a boat.

'A formal identification process is ongoing but it is suspected that the body is that of the South Shields man.

'The relevant authorities in Jamaica are carrying out enquiries to establish the cause of death and we will continue to support their investigation in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

'The man's family are being offered support by officers and they have requested that their privacy is respected at this time.' 

An FCO spokesman said: 'We are supporting the family of a British man reported as missing in the Caribbean, and are in contact with the Jamaican authorities.' 

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