Tourist dies in boat accident

A holidaymaker from Hereford has died after being hit by a motorboat while snorkelling near a tropical island in Malaysia.

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Family pay tribute to Midlands holidaymaker who died in motorboat accident

The family of a tourist from Hereford, who was killed after being hit by a motorboat while snorkelling in Malaysia, has paid tribute to her devotion for marine conservation.

25-year-old Madaline Cole was in the water around the island of Pulau Perhentian in the South China Sea when she was struck on Monday.

"Maddy, a qualified diving instructor with considerable experience, taught novice divers and supervised dive-masters with a passion for marine life.

She was a devoted and qualified conservationist.

Since 2011 she worked on projects with the whale-shark and turtle conservation programmes in the Seychelles."

– Family statement

Miss Cole suffered serious injuries to her lower limbs and torso in the accident.

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Midlands holidaymaker dies in motorboat accident

A tourist from Hereford has died after being hit by a motorboat while snorkelling near a tropical island in Malaysia.

Madaline Cole, 25, was in the water around the island of Pulau Perhentian in the South China Sea when the boat knocked into her on Monday.

It has been reported that she was struck by the boat's propellors and her body, legs and buttocks were severely injured.

We are aware of the death of a British national in Malaysia on May 27.

We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.

– A spokesman from the Foreign Office
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