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21 April 2011 :: 09:04:57 am 52946

British Teacher Died In Thailand’s Waterfall Accident

A British trainee teacher has died after being swept down a waterfall in Thailand’s southern island, Koh Lipe
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Sarah Crutchley, 30, of Bournemouth, England was visiting Ton Nga Chang waterfalls with her friends when she accidentally lost her footing and fell, plunging 91m to her death.

“It was just horrible to watch. I think she was knocked out cold during the first fall and she wouldn’t have known anything about it. She didn’t stand a chance,” victim’s friend and eyewitness, Chris Penny told reporters.

Ms Crutchley was on a teaching course at Teacha Language School in the southern city of Hat Yai, around three weeks before the accident occurred.

Along with 23 other students, she was given a week off during Thailand’s Songkran Festival.

A spokesperson for Teacha Language School, which runs the training course, said: “Sarah went to a waterfall with friends and she slipped and fell. We are still waiting to find out exactly how she died, whether it was drowning or head injuries – we don’t know at this moment.”

The spokesperson for Teacha added: “The British Embassy in Bangkok is handling the family side but I hear they have been notified.”

“Sarah had been planning to stay and teach in Thailand. You could tell she was very much looking forward to it, because she was always full of energy during the course,” he continued.

He added, “Everyone is trying their best but is devastated. We are all trying to cope and hopefully we will push through.”

Sarah previously worked as a nanny in Italy for over a year before pursuing a teaching career in Thailand, according to a post on the website Placebook, a social network for people on foreign teaching placements.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national on April 15 in Thailand.

“We are in touch with the family and are providing consular assistance.”

Report By: bournemouthecho

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