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BBC journalist missing feared drowned while swimming off Barbados as his wife of seven months sat reading a book on the beach

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  • BBC journalist Jay Merriman Mukoro went missing on Sunday in Barbados
  • Search teams have yet to find his body but it is believed he drowned
  • He was on holiday with his wife Olivia, who he married last September
  • She says she was laying on the beach reading a book when Jay vanished
  • Says she watched him walk into ocean, looked down to read, and when she looked back up she realised she couldn’t see him anywhere
  • She is being comforted by family and says experience has left her ‘broken’

A BBC journalist is thought to have drowned while on holiday in the Caribbean as his wife sat reading a book a few yards away on the beach.

Jay Merriman Mukoro, who worked for BBC Scotland, went missing at around 2pm on Sunday while swimming in the sea off on Rockley Beach near Christ Church in Barbados.

While the 43-year-old’s body has not yet been found, it is believed he drowned. His wife, Olivia, said the news has left her ‘broken’.

Describing the moments before her husband disappeared, Olivia said: ‘I was looking at him initially as he walked into the water and I had a book which I looked down at for a while. Then when I looked up I couldn’t see him any more.’

She told Barbados Today that she spotted a man of similar build to her husband and, thinking it was him, went back to reading.

But when she looked up again she realised it was somebody else.

She added: ‘It was at that point I started getting worried and I got up and started looking up and down.

‘Then I started to panic because I was looking and wasn’t seeing him on the beach.’

Rescue crews searched for Mr Mukoro until it got dark on Sunday night, but were unable to find any trace of him.

The couple, who have only been married since last September, were in Barbados for a wedding and had recently spent time apart while Jay filmed a documentary for BBC Scotland.

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