Woman, 26, killed by boat propeller in Colombia

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Woman, 26, killed by boat propeller in Colombia

A young Colombian woman was killed by a boat propeller last month after jumping into the water to retrieve her flip-flops — and now gruesome video has emerged of her final moments.

Natalia Andrea Larrañaga Fajardo, 26, of Cali, was visiting White Watta beach on San Andrés island on Nov. 27 when she hopped into a boat full of her acquaintances, the Miami Herald reported.

Fajardo accidentally left her sandals behind, and jumped back into the ocean to retrieve them. Seconds later, she was accidentally struck by the boat’s propeller. 

A video shared by The Archipelago Press showed people on nearby vessels screaming as Fajardo bled heavily from catastrophic injuries to her legs and lower back.

She was eventually pulled onto a jet ski and rushed to the hospital. A statement from the State Social Enterprise Department Hospital of San Andrés to the news outlet El Isleño confirmed that she arrived around 5:30 p.m. local time.

After extensive surgery and several blood transfusions, Fajardo was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, the hospital said.

The boat and its crew are now both reportedly under investigation by area authorities.

Natalia Andrea Larrañaga Fajardo, 26, was killed in a boating accident last month.
Natalia Andrea Larrañaga Fajardo, 26, was killed in a boating accident last month.
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Witnesses screamed as Fajardo bled out from her injuries.
Witnesses screamed as Fajardo bled out from her injuries.
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Fajardo snorkeling in an undated photo. She was pronounced dead in the early hours of Nov. 28.
Fajardo snorkeling in an undated photo. She was pronounced dead in the early hours of Nov. 28.
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News of Fajardo’s horrific accident comes just a few months after Lana Batochir, a Chicago mom-of-two had both her feet severed by a boat propeller on Lake Michigan.

“I thought I was dying,” she told reporters of her harrowing experience. “I fought for my life for seconds which felt like minutes. I began to drown, I couldn’t swim.”

Both the boat and its crew are reportedly under investigation.
Both the boat and its crew are reportedly under investigation.
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Batochir, 34, underwent a below-the-knee amputation and nerve surgery to her injuries, after which she began the grueling rehabilitation process.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I love to dance, love music, and enjoying life itself with family,” she lamented at the time. “My life has completely changed because of one unfortunate tragedy.”

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