Madaline Cole was killed in a snorkelling accident in 2013. Picture: Facebook via The Sun
Madaline Cole was killed in a snorkelling accident in 2013. Picture: Facebook via The Sun

Daughter of SAS hero killed by boat propellers

THE daughter of a British SAS hero was killed by a motorboat's propellers as she snorkelled in Malaysia, an inquest heard.

Madaline Cole, 25, suffered serious injuries to her legs and torso when she and a friend were struck by a boat as they swam in the South China Sea.

The boat's driver pulled her out of the water following the collision and took her to a local hospital 10 minutes away, but there were no doctors when she arrived, The Sun reports.

Her friend, Australian national Simon Rogers, suffered minor injuries in the crash off Pulau Perhentian on May 27, 2013.

Madaline Cole was a newly-qualified diving instructor. Picture: Facebook via The Sun
Madaline Cole was a newly-qualified diving instructor. Picture: Facebook via The Sun

An investigation carried out in Malaysia found that the newly-qualified diving instructor had been snorkelling outside the safe area marked by buoys.

Police also found Ms Cole, from Bodenham, Herefordshire, did not have a device - referred to as a safety sausage - to indicate that she was under the water.

Coroner Mark Bricknell recorded a verdict of accidental death at Herefordshire Coroner's Court yesterday.

Chief of police Kamsani Bin Hassan, conducting the Malaysian investigation, also concluded that there was no criminal element and that it was an accident.

The Malaysian investigation confirmed that Mohd Azwan Bin Mohd was the man driving the boat.

Madaline Cole was snorkelling in Malaysia when she died. Picture: Facebook via The Sun
Madaline Cole was snorkelling in Malaysia when she died. Picture: Facebook via The Sun

He had dropped passengers off at a nearby resort and was travelling back from the jetty when he hit Ms Cole, before pulling her out of the water.

Ms Cole's dad Bob Cole, 63, had served in the Royal Engineers and the SAS and saw action in the Gulf.

Following the second Gulf War he provided security and protection for companies sent out to rebuild Iraq.

Ms Cole had expressed her delight on Facebook when she qualified as a scuba instructor in February 2013.

She said: "After the most stressful 3 days ever - FINALLY we are Open Water Scuba Instructors! Big thanks to our Instructor Chong! Well done everyone for your achievement and thank you all so-so much for all your amazing support!"

Madaline Cole, pictured with her dad Bob Cole. Picture: Facebook via The Sun
Madaline Cole, pictured with her dad Bob Cole. Picture: Facebook via The Sun

On her diving blog, Ms Cole, who was pictured swimming with sharks, was described as having an "insane amount of love for animals".

Speaking after the inquest, Maddy's mum Jill, 63, said she was disappointed at the verdict.

"I feel justice hasn't been done and I don't accept it was an accident," she said. "Two other people have been killed in that bay in a similar way."

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.



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