Snorkeler dead af­ter crash with surfer

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

Madrid (AP) — Author­i­ties say a Rus­sian woman died af­ter a windsurfer’s board slashed her throat while she was snor­kel­ing off Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands. A lo­cal of­fi­cial in Gran Ca­naria said Wed­nes­day that the woman had been snor­kel­ing Mon­day about 25 me­tres (80 feet) off­shore with­out an oblig­a­tory lo­cat­ing buoy. Nieves Gar­cia, a town coun­cil­lor for Santa Lu­cia de Ti­ra­jana, said the Swedish windsurfer’s board smashed into her when she lifted her head. The woman, a 32-year-old lo­cal res­i­dent iden­ti­fied only as Emilia L., died while be­ing treated on a nearby beach. Gar­cia said the Swedish surfer, a tourist, was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal af­ter an anx­i­ety at­tack. His iden­tity wasn’t re­leased. She said po­lice are treat­ing the death as an ac­ci­dent.

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