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Glen Rock Publishing Exec Dies in Boat Crash off Italy’s Amalfi Coast


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Glen Rock NJ, a Glen Rock publishing executive died in a boating accident off Italy’s Amalfi Coast, her company said Friday.  Adrienne Vaughan, 45, was president of Bloomsbury Publishing’s U.S. branch, which counts writers ranging from bestselling novelists Sarah J. Maas and Susanna Clarke to historian Mark Kurlansky among its roster of authors.

“Adrienne Vaughan was a leader of dazzling talent and infectious passion and had a deep commitment to authors and readers,” said the association’s board chair, Julia Reidhead, and its president and CEO, Maria A. Pallante, in a joint statement. “Most of all she was an extraordinary human being, and those of us who had the opportunity to work with her will be forever fortunate.”

According to Italian media the motorboat Vaughan and her family were on was rented through a skipper and had been headed to Positano when it crashed into a sailboat on Thursday. The sailboat was carrying more than 80 U.S. and German tourists, including some celebrating a wedding. Vaughan was pulled from the water and brought to a dock but died by the time a helicopter ambulance arrived. Vaughan’s husband, Mike White, was hospitalized with a shoulder injury while the couple’s two young children were uninjured.

The Italian coast guard office in Amalfi was investigating the crash. A  blood test for the skipper of the motorboat tested positive for substance use, according to Italian news agency ANSA, which didn’t indicate whether the result indicated alcohol or drug consumption. The skipper, an Italian about 30 years old, suffered a broken pelvis and ribs, ANSA said. Prosecutors from the port city of Salerno are overseeing the investigation into the accident.

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