Family of Australian woman killed in boat mishap donates her organs

ALOR SETAR- An Australian woman, who went into coma after she was hit by a boom while on board a yacht on June 30, died without regaining consciousness on Friday.

Shelly Elizabeth Mahoney, 63, from North Queensland, was taken off the life-support machine at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital at about 12.30pm.

Her husband Anthony John, 70, daughters Lisette Reid, 33 and Shannon Grasso, 38, were at her bedside.

The family has donated all her organs to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

Mahoney and her husband were on board their yacht, Utiekah III, off Pulau Bidan during a storm when she was hit by the boom and fell backwards.

She landed on the deck and sustained injuries to her left side of her head.

Kedah CID chief ACP Mohd Nashir Ya said police were alerted of the incident at about noon on June 30.

"During that time, the yacht encountered strong waves during a storm.

"They were lowering the sail when a boom hit the deceased on the head which caused her to fall onto the deck of the boat.

"Her husband made calls to friends and through them they alerted the rescue parties," he said.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers arrived at the scene and transferred Mahoney to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital where she was warded in the intensive care unit.

"Her husband lodged a report over the incident on July 1," said ACP Mohd Nashir.

Police have classified the case as sudden death.