Aussie woman in yacht accident dies

Aussie woman in yacht accident dies
John and his daughters Reid (left) and Grasso leaving the hospital after claiming Mahoney's body.

ALOR SETAR- An Australian woman who was seriously injured after being hit by a boom on her husband's yacht during a storm off Pulau Bidan, 19 nautical miles from Penang, five days ago, has died.

The incident occurred at 12.30pm on Mon-day and the deceased has been identified as Shelly Elizabeth Mahoney, 63, from North Queensland, Australia.

During the incident she was with her husband Anthony John, 70, on board his timber boat which was made in 1925 and named Utiekah III.

Mahoney sustained serious head injury after she was hit by the boom. She was rushed to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for emergency treatment and was admitted to the intensive care unit. She never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead yesterday.

Her daughters Lisette Reid, 33, and Shannon Grasso, 38, and husband were by her side when she breathed her last.

The deceased was an organ donor and six Malaysians who were on a waiting list would be receiving her organs, including her kidney and cornea.

Mahoney's body has been claimed by her family and brought back to Penang.

State CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nashir Ya when contacted said the couple had encountered strong waves while they were sailing near Pulau Bidan on Monday.

"They were trying to lower their sail when a boom hit the deceased, causing her to fall off the deck, seriously injuring her head," he stated.

The case has been classified as sudden death.

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