A 50-year-old Canadian tourist died in a snorkelling accident on the popular tourist island Koh Tao, Samui Times reported.
According to an article on the English language website Samui Times>, the accident occurred on the afternoon of the 16th of February. Samui Times has refused to publish the name of the woman who died. However, other sources identify her as Shelly Bot, 50, from Canada.
Mrs Bot was fatally hit by a longtail boat while she was snorkelling in an area marked as an access area to the beach for longtail boats. The eight passengers onboard claimed that none of them had seen Mrs Bot in the water – until she collided with the boat.
After the impact, the boat driver stopped the engine and with the aid of his passengers brought her body on board. Several attempts were made to resuscitate her. When the local rescue workers of the island arrived, they continued CPR and transported her to a nearby clinic.
Because the clinic was not properly equipped for an accident like this, Mrs Bot was transferred to Koh Samui Hospital on the island of Koh Samui about 60 kilometres from Koh Tao. Doctors admitted Mrs Bot to the intensive care unit where she died the same night.
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