Snorkeler dies after windsurfer's board hit her in Spain

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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 8:16 AM

MADRID (AP) — Authorities say a Russian woman died after a windsurfer's board slashed her throat while she was snorkeling off Spain's Canary Islands.

A local official in Gran Canaria said Wednesday that the woman had been snorkeling Monday about 25 meters (80 feet) offshore without an obligatory locating buoy.

Nieves Garcia, a town councilor for Santa Lucia de Tirajana, said the Swedish windsurfer's board smashed into her when she lifted her head.

The woman, a 32-year-old local resident identified only as Emilia L., died while being treated by doctors on a nearby beach.

Garcia said the Swedish surfer, a tourist, was taken to a local hospital after experiencing an anxiety attack. His identity wasn't released. She said police are treating the death as an accident.