A FORMER Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust chief executive was being treated in hospital in St Lucia, after her husband was killed as he tried to protect her when robbers boarded their boat.
Margaret Pratt, who was on a sailing trip with her husband Roger Pratt and had recently celebrated her 60th birthday, was interim director of finance for the trust in 2005-06 and interim CEO for nine months in 2008.
Former colleague Chris Palmer, director of finance at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "This is dreadful and shocking news. Margaret is an inspirational leader and great to work with.
"Our deepest condolences go to Margaret and her family."
Mr and Mrs Pratt, of Warwickshire, had been sailing their yacht Magnetic Attraction since June when they left Lowestoft. They had been moored in the town of Vieux Fort on Friday when they were attacked.
Mrs Pratt kept a travel blog and described her birthday celebrations as blissful.
In her last post Mrs Pratt wrote that problems with immigration had delayed their departure from the town.