A Midland teacher and her mother perished in the Bahrain boat tragedy just hours after they were reunited in the Gulf state.

Patricia Doyle and her daughter Roslyn, from Hagley, Worcestershire, were among the 58 people who died in last Thursday's accident, it emerged yesterday.

The Doyle family last night said losing them both was "unbearable".

They said Mrs Doyle, aged 64, had arrived in Bahrain on the morning of the tragedy to see her 35-year-old daughter Roslyn, who was working as an English language teacher with the British Council.

Mrs Doyle, a mother-of-four who worked as a sales coordinator for Rotabolt in Dudley, joined her daughter and local friends aboard the ill-fated al-Dana vessel for a company party.

They were among 15 Britons who died when the boat capsized.

In a statement released by West Mercia Police, the Doyles said: "To lose one family member in such a way is very hard to cope with but to lose two is unbearable for us all.

"Pat was a fantastic mother to all her four children. She travelled the world extensively through her work and lived life to the full.

"She was an energetic, warm, kind and generous person.

"Roslyn was very much like her mother, also travelling the world both on holiday then later as an English language teacher in many countries, before joining the British Council in Bahrain.

"She was an adventurous, endearing and caring person.

"Both Patricia and Roslyn were loved by all that knew them and will be missed," it finished.

Official investigations are continuing into what caused the vessel to overturn. Officials said 72 people had survived the accident.

They will question the Bahraini man who owns the boat about why he put the vessel to sea without being properly licensed.

The Indian boat captain, who prosecutors say was not properly licensed to pilot the craft, has been arrested and is still in custody.

The 80ft-long traditional sailing vessel, which had been converted into a restaurant, was first registered in Qatar and arrived in Bahrain last December.

According to Bahraini officials, its owner, who runs a family business, then regis-tered it to be in Bahrain.

It was surveyed and he was given a list of requirements the vessel had to meet before it could be given a safety certificate for carrying passengers.

But the process was not completed and the boat went to sea without having been given the all-clear, according to the Bahraini interior ministry.

It had been operating pleasure cruises for less than a month.