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Snorkeling death in Malaysia was an accident, coroner rules

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The death of a Herefordshire woman who died after being hit by a motorboat whilst snorkeling in Malaysia in 2013 was an accident, the county coroner has recorded.

Madaline Cole, a 25-year-old conservationist from Bodenham, had worked on whale-shark and turtle conservation programmes and was a qualified diving instructor.

Perhentian Besar Island

The inquest heard how she was hit by the boat near Perhentian Besar Island and was taken to a health clinic but no doctors were there to help her.

A Malaysian police investigation concluded that her death was an accident, but her parents say other people have been killed in the same way and they feel that justice hasn't been done.

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