Tourist, 24, killed in brutal boating accident while on family holiday

Yuranis had two limbs ripped off by the boat's propeller.

A 24-year-old tourist has died after having two limbs ripped off by a boat propeller as she enjoyed a dip in the ocean while on holiday with her family.

Yuranis Vanegas Peña was frolicking in a bay with loved ones when the boat's operator failed to see her in the water and ran over the student. The propeller cut off one of her arms and a leg, according to reports.

Rescue workers reportedly pictured retrieving Yuranis' leg from the blue ocean water. Yuranis Vanegas Peña with long dark hair smiling.
Tourist Yuranis Vanegas Peña was killed on September 8 after a boat ran over her while she was on holiday with family in the Caribbean. Source: Jam Press

The shocking incident took place at Haynes Cay on the Colombian island of San Andrés, in the Caribbean on September 8.

Tourist suffers severe blood loss

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment, but arrived without vital signs after suffering severe blood loss.

"The captain of the motorboat, who stopped to help at the scene, provided first aid and took the victim to hospital where she unfortunately died," Police spokesperson Carlos Solano said.

The boat captain also voluntarily handed himself over to the Public Prosecutor’s Office to help with an ongoing investigation.

The boat which reportedly caused the accident. Source: Jam Press
An investigation into the student's tragic death is underway. Source: Jam Press

Yuranis was a student from Cajicá, north east of the capital Bogota, who was visiting the Caribbean region on holiday with family members. Following her death, authorities said they plan to make the area only available to swimmers in the coming months.

A similar incident took place off the Rosario Islands in Colombia on 20 August. A Costa Rican tourist was struck by a boat propeller while swimming in the sea. The 21-year-old man remains in intensive care after suffering severe injuries to his buttocks and left thigh.

Jam Press

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