Emily Jayne Collie
In Phuket, a husband and wife riding separate jet skis crashed into each other at high speed, throwing them both into the water. The 20-year-old wife did not survive the head-on collision.
According to the Thai-language news outlet Matichon Online, an officer of the maritime rescue division was informed of the accident at 16:00 this Sunday. It involved a foreign couple whose rented jet skis had collided at high speed near Koh Pu close to Kata Beach in the Karon subdistrict.
Lifeguards and other helpers had already pulled out both riders of the water by the time police arrived. The husband sustained only minor injuries as a result of the accident. However, his 20-year-old wife Emily Jayne Collie from Australia sustained serious injuries to her neck and she was retrieved from the water unconscious.
Lifeguards performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for about 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived. Mrs Collie was rushed to the district hospital, but doctors were unable to save her.
The distraught husband did not wish to state his full name, and told police that intense sunlight reflected off the sea making it impossible to properly see each other’s jet skis. At the point of impact, when both jet skis collided with each other, both Mrs Collie and her husband were jettisoned into the water.
Mrs Collie’s death certificate states that she died at 16:29. A post mortem examination will be conducted at Vachira Phuket Hospital.
The Australian Embassy confirmed the death of an Australian woman in Phuket and are said to be in the process of informing the sad news to her family.
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