British Snorkeler Killed By Dive Boat in Malaysia

On July 25, A young British woman on family holiday in Malaysia was killed in what appears to have been a fatal snorkelling accident.

Joanna Stillwell, 23, died when she was struck by a dive boat as she swam with her brother, Nicholas, 18, who was uninjured. The fatality ocurred off the island of Redang.

According to local sources, Miss Stillwell had ventured out of the snorkelling area at the resort and into a channel used by boats.

The speedboat was used for diving and snorkelling trips by the Redang Bay beach resort, where the family was staying. It was on its way to collect guests from the hotel when the accident occurred.

Local law enforcement have arrested the boat operator and are deciding whether to formally charge him with "Killing Without Intent".

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Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.

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