Newfoundlander identified in Dominican Republic death
Derrick Hayley, 46, has been identified as the Bonavista man who died suddenly while vacationing at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Hayley had been snorkelling in the water when an incident occurred involving a boat.
Hayley's brother-in-law Tim Goyetche said the incident happened Monday evening at the Majestic Colonial Resort in Punta Cana, where Hayley was vacationing with his wife and one of his three sons.
Goyetche said doctors who were vacationing in the area valiantly attempted to save Hayley once he was pulled from the water.
He said the family is devastated, and family members are unsure when the body will be returned to the province. He added the family has a lot of questions about what happened.
Goyetche said that until the autopsy and police investigation are concluded, the family has requested that the media respect the family's privacy and allow them time to grieve.
Man well known in Bonavista
News of Hayley's death travelled quickly in his home town of Bonavista.
Hayley was a well-known and respected business owner in the town and he owned multiple businesses, including a construction business and a garage.
"Everywhere I go in town, the community is certainly saying the good things that Derrick was doing here, and how he's going to be be missed," said Betty Fitzgerald, the mayor of Bonavista.
"And I agree with them. He's going to be missed very, very much."
The garage was closed on Wednesday because staff were vacationing with Hayley and his family. The group of about 14 arrived in the country on Sunday.
Hayley was extensively involved in the local minor hockey association and played hockey himself. Sources said he was also an experienced diver.
Hayley has left behind his wife, three sons and a grandson.