Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Shot in Bahamas 'Was Living His Dream'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Shot in Bahamas 'Was Living His Dream'

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Daniel Bates

THE family of a British diving instructor shot dead on his luxury yacht by armed thugs in the Bahamas today paid tribute to him, saying he was "living his dream".

Father-of-one Gary Vanhoeck, 51, who worked as a diver on the Robert Redford film All Is Lost, was shot twice by two masked men who demanded money after boarding the yacht moored in a secluded area.

Mr Vanhoeck's wife Kathryn was tied up in one of the yacht's cabins.

Two other men tied up a security guard.

Today Mr Vanhoeck's younger brother Wayne Vanhoeck, 43, of Grimsby, said their family were in shock. "Gary was a great guy," he said. "He would do anything for anyone. The whole family will miss him."

Gary worked for the Stuart Cove Dive centre on New Providence island, offering tourist adventures including swimming with sharks and snorkelling. Originally from Grimsby, he spent 10 years working for the RAF and worked as a computer technician for a radio company before leaving for the Bahamas more than five years ago. …

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