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Brits held after tycoon’s wife killed by speedboat

Recovered: The boat said to have been involved in the crash that killed Claire Glatman, pictured with husband Mark (below)

THREE Britons are being questioned by police in Greece after the British wife of a multimillionaire property tycoon was struck by a speedboat and died.

The trio, who have been described as ‘young’, are being held following the death of Claire Glatman, 60, who was killed while swimming in the sea off the island of Corfu.

Ms Glatman, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, is said to have had a villa there with her husband Mark Glatman, 63, chief executive of British commercial property group Abstract. They were there for a break with the eldest of their two daughters.

It is understood Ms Glatman, who also has two sons, was enjoying her regular morning swim off Avlaki Beach on Monday when she was struck by the boat that was said to be pulling water skiers.

The boat, allegedly driven by one of the suspects, was later found abandoned at a marina on the other side of the island.

Ms Glatman’s body was said to have been discovered by another bather.

A post-mortem examination was due to be held yesterday but the Greek coastguard said she ‘bore obvious signs of being hit by a boat propeller’.

Ms Glatman was said to have lived in Corfu for most of the year and was very popular on the island.

She was also a trustee of the Hospital Of St Michael The Archangel in Bedale. Ms Glatman was described by a friend as ‘a very good and genuinely nice person’. Another posted on Facebook: ‘She was an absolutely lovely woman.

‘Very much loved on this island. Thoughts to the family.’

The Foreign Office said in a statement: ‘We are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Corfu and our staff are in contact with the Greek police.

‘Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.’