Colleagues shocked after popular fitness trainer plunges from JLT tower
Colleagues of a much-loved personal trainer and fitness instructor spoke of their devastation on Sunday after he died in a fall from a Dubai tower block.
Elwood Macilwraith, 29, plunged from the Laguna Tower in Dubai’s JLT in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The Brit, who grew up in Hull, worked at the nearby Smart Fitness gym, where colleagues and patrons said they were “in a state of shock” on Sunday. The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet clear. Elwood had only just got married in February and his wife, who he had met in Dubai, had raised the alarm after the tragedy.
A colleague told 7DAYS: “We do not know exactly what happened and, obviously, there is a police inquiry. We are waiting to find out.
“Elwood came here just over two years ago and started working with the gym when it opened. He was a very popular guy and got results with his clients. He was good at his job. We can only think that this has been a tragic accident. There is no other reason for it. He was deliriously happy in his work and with his wife.”
Elwood’s co-workers were told of the tragedy by his wife soon after it happened. The colleague said: “We are like family here. Our priority at the moment is with his wife. I can only imagine how it is for his family.”
Elwood’s family has remained in the UK and it is believed they will travel to Dubai once there is some firm news from the police inquiry. His colleague said: “The British Embassy are supporting us and are
liaising with the police.
“We have been told it will take as long as it will take and we just have to be patient.” Management at the Movenpick Hotel, which adjoins the Laguna Tower,
confirmed the tragic incident. A spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an unfortunate incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.”
A source in Dubai Police told 7DAYS that they recorded the death of a British man in his 20s in the JLT area without giving further details. The source said the incident was still under investigation.