GEORGE TOWN: A Saudi woman died after she plunged at least 10m into the sea while parasailing in Batu Ferringhi.
Police said Aldakhilallah Eman Mohamed, 35, died on the way to the hospital.
Apparently, she had internal injuries and a broken left arm after the fall. Initial probe by police revealed that Aldakhilallah, who was a teacher, was having trouble landing at 5.30pm on Wednesday.
The boat operator went out to the sea for another round to enable her to descend but suddenly, she fell into the sea about 20m from shore.
He rushed to her aid and took her to shore where a British tourist and a hotel emergency response team performed CPR on her before being taken away in an ambulance.
The water sports operators were initially reluctant to allow Aldakhilallah to take up the activity due to her excessive weight. However, they relented after they were paid more than the usual price.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said Aldakhilallah had checked into a hotel in Batu Ferringhi on Tuesday and was to have left tomorrow.
Aldakhilallah’s brother, known only as Abdullah, 30, looked distraught at the mortuary.
A Saudi embassy official, Ayman Munshi, said Aldakhilallah’s family declined for a post-mortem to be conducted and had arranged a private jet, which arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 5pm yesterday to fly her body back to Saudi Arabia.
“But the police are insisting on doing a post-mortem,” said Ayman.
A family representative, an embassy official and police are expected to meet today to discuss the matter.
Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the operations of all 23 water sports companies in the state had been suspended until further notice