Aussie woman killed in a jet-ski crash in Phuket

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An Australian woman died after suffering major injuries from a jet-ski accident in Thailand.

The 20-year-old woman named Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tommy hired separate jet-skis on Sunday afternoon to ride in waters off Phuket, the popular Thai tourist island. According to The Sun, the couple collided with each other after they were both blinded by the string light of the setting sun reflected from the sea. It happened around 4.45 pm local time on Phuket’s Kata Beach.

The lifeguard pulled Ms Collie unconscious out of the water. She suffered severe neck and shoulder injuries. The paramedics tried to perform CPR on her, but she died before arriving at the hospital. The lifeguards also rescued her partner, but he suffered only minor injuries.

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Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and Trade is currently providing Ms Collie’s family consular assistance so that they can bring their daughter’s body back to Australia. However, the DFAT office has not provided any other information for privacy reasons.

Ms Collie’s Facebook profile suggests that she studied in Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Grammar School, and then became a student at Charles Strut University in Bathurst, New South Wales.

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Her partner goes by the name of Tommy Croc Hunter on his Facebook Profile. According to the profile information, he is an apprentice plumber from Melbourne.

The Thai law requires everyone to obtain a “captain’s permit” for riding a jet-ski. However, the local operators often ignore the law to make it easier for the tourists to hire jet-skis.

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