A TOURIST was pulled into a boat propeller and killed after jumping into the sea to retrieve her flip flops.
Witnesses screamed in horror when Natalia Andrea Larranaga Fajardo, 26, was struck by the ship in Colombia.
She began bleeding profusely after sustaining devastating injuries to her legs and lower back in the waters off White Wata Beach in San Andres.
Natalia, from Cali, reportedly jumped into the water to retrieve her flip-flops on November 27 when she was sucked into the propeller.
She was jet skied to a hospital on the island, where she underwent multiple blood transfusions and surgeries to repair her arteries.
Doctors also had to revive her after she went into cardiac arrest.
After the operation, she was admitted to intensive care, but suffered another cardiac arrest, this time fatal, in the early hours of the following day.
The boat involved in the incident was reportedly carrying 24 tourists and two crew members.
Dimar – the Colombian Maritime Authority – said in a statement: “The vessel has been immobilized and its two crew members have been made available to the relevant authorities by the Coast Guard of the Colombian Navy as part of the due investigation process.”
Officials in San Andres reminded swimmers to stay away from moving boats and to notify crew if they enter the water.
It comes after the son of a Spanish-Venezuelan billionaire banker was killed by a boat propeller after jumping overboard.
Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez, 31, died trying to rescue his fiancee, who fell from a 60-foot ship about six miles off Key Largo, Fla.
He was the youngest son of Banesco founder Juan Carlos Escotet Rodriguez, who is worth $3.5 billion according to Forbes.
The tragedy happened when Escotet Alviarez and his fiancée Andrea Montero, 30, were anglers in March in a tournament organized by the Ocean Reef Club.
Escotet Alviarez was hit by the propeller as he entered the water and died from his injuries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6830765/woman-dies-boat-propeller-retrieve-flip-flops/ Woman, 26, dies after being sucked into boat’s propeller while trying to retrieve flip-flops as onlookers scream in horror