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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