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Madaline Cole snorkelling death: Family pays tribute

The family of a woman who was killed while snorkelling in Malaysia has paid tribute to her "passion" for marine conservation.

Madaline Cole, 25, from Hereford, died off Perhentian Bersar Island on 27 May.

She was hit by the propellers of a boat, suffering severe injuries to her body and legs. Malaysian police are investigating.

A family statement said: "[Maddy was] a devoted and qualified conservationist with a passion for marine life."

In the statement the family described Ms Cole's death as a "tragic accident".

It said: "Maddy, a qualified diving instructor with considerable experience, taught novice divers and supervised dive-masters.

"Since 2011 she worked on projects with the whale-shark and turtle conservation programmes in the Seychelles."

The family said the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur was helping them to organise Ms Cole's repatriation to Hereford, where she will be cremated.

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