• Alan Culverwell died in Panama while defending his family from armed robbers who boarded their yacht. He is pictured here with his wife, Derryn, who was injured during the attack. Photo Stuff.co.nz
    Alan Culverwell died in Panama while defending his family from armed robbers who boarded their yacht. He is pictured here with his wife, Derryn, who was injured during the attack. Photo Stuff.co.nz
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The family of a New Zealand man killed when armed robbers attacked their yacht in Panama are "traumatised" and "heartbroken" by his death, the man's sister says.

Alan Culverwell, 60, died while defending his wife, Derryn, and two 11-year-old children near Morodub island, a popular tourist area. 

Local news outlet El Siglo reported a group of "hooded individuals" boarded his vessel about 2am on May 2 (local time).

The family awoke to noise, which Alan got up to investigate. He was then shot by the attackers.

Alan's sister says his wife managed to "force them [the pirates] out" before locking the rest of the family in the cabin. Despite sustaining a machete wound in the attack, she managed to call a friend in New Zealand who orchestrated the rescue. 

 

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