Tribute to motorboat death Briton
The family of a British holidaymaker killed after being hit by a motorboat while snorkelling in tropical waters has paid tribute to her devotion for marine conservation.
Madaline Cole, 25, from Hereford, was in the waters around the tourist island of Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia, in the South China Sea when she was struck on Monday. According to reports, she was caught by the boat's propellers and suffered severe injuries to her body, legs and buttocks.
Miss Cole's family described it as "a tragic accident".
In a statement, the family said Madaline - or Maddy as she was known - had been driven by a passion for marine life.
"Maddy Mary Jayne Cole was killed in a tragic accident when she was struck by a boat's propeller in the Perhentians, a group of islands just off the north eastern coast of Malaysia in the South China Sea," the statement read. "Maddy suffered serious injuries to her lower limbs and torso in the accident early on Monday. She died en route to hospital."
It continued: "Maddy, a qualified diving instructor with considerable experience, taught novice divers and supervised dive-masters with a passion for marine life."
The statement added Miss Cole was "a devoted and qualified conservationist".
"Since 2011 she worked on projects with the whale-shark and turtle conservation programmes in the Seychelles," it read.
The close family said they were now being assisted by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in arranging Miss Cole's repatriation to Hereford where she will be cremated. They have asked to be left in peace to mourn their loss.
A spokesman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "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."
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