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Aussie tourist killed in jet-ski collision with husband


Reflected sun blamed for tragedy

A young Australian woman holidaying in Phuket lost her life after the jet-ski she was driving crashed into a jet-ski driven by her husband.

 

The pair were riding the watercraft off Kata Beach at the Thai resort town when they came together.

 

Photo: The Guardian/PR image

 

Suffering neck and shoulder injuries, the woman, identified as 20-year-old Victorian Jayne Collie, was brought ashore for CPR but lifeguards were unable to revive her.

 

Medical staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital declared her dead on arrival, the Bangkok Post reported.

 

According to a statement he made to authorities, husband Tommy Keating said blinding glare from the sea had caused the crash, in which he received only minor injuries.

 

Keating’s sister, Bree Lyon, told Fairfax Media the family was “absolutely devastated”.

 

“From the very moment I met you I loved you, I cherished your genuine heart, and that beautiful smile,” Ms Lyon said.

 

“I was inspired by you in so many ways, my darling girl, you were so strong and so determined.

 

“I love how you loved my brother, the way you looked into his eyes with nothing but pure love, it was the truest thing I’ve ever been grateful to witness.”

 

Friends of the Charles Sturt University pharmacy student remembered her on social media.

 

“Cannot even accept that this has happened,” friend Steph Hanlon wrote.

 

“Such a beautiful and strong girl and I feel so blessed to have once been so close with you.

 

“Emily Jayne Collie you will forever be loved, hope there’s a nice big trampoline up there for you xxxx.”

 

Jet-skiing, a popular activity around the the world, has caused several deaths in recent times.

 

Should there be greater regulation on jet-ski hire?

 


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 February 2017

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