British teacher dies in Thailand waterfall accident

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Image caption Miss Crutchley flew out to Thailand in March to begin her Tefl course

A trainee teacher has died in a freak accident while visiting a waterfall in Thailand.

Sarah Crutchley was learning to teach English as a foreign language (Tefl) in the country when she slipped on the seven-tiered waterfall last Friday.

Miss Crutchley, 30, from Bournemouth, Dorset, had been on a teacher-training course in the southern city of Hat Yai.

It is understood she had been walking across submerged rocks at Ton Nga Chang falls when she was swept away.

Miss Crutchley flew out to Thailand in March, according to a post on the website Placebook - a social network for people on foreign teaching placements.

She wrote on the website that she was "overwhelmed by the opportunity" and "had always had a desire to teach".

It is understood Miss Crutchley's body remains in Thailand and is due to be repatriated soon.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national on 15 April in Thailand.

"We are in touch with the family and are providing consular assistance."

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