Tragedy struck in Bequia on Thursday — Christmas Day — when an elderly woman died of suspected drowning around 11 a.m.

Report reaching I-Witness News are that 67-year-old mute, Greta Farrell, familiarly known as Magna Gregg of Hamilton, had gone to Hamilton beach to swim.

Sometime later, passers-by saw her struggling in the water and went to her assistance.

When she was removed from the water, she was barely breathing.

A doctor pronounced her dead on arrival at Port Elizabeth Clinic.

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