26-year-old woman killed by ship’s 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 of her final moments has surfaced.

Natalia Andrea Larrañaga Fajardo, 26, of Cali, was visiting White Watta Beach on the island of San Andrés on November 27 when she boarded a boat full of acquaintances, the Miami Herald reported.

Fajardo accidentally left her sandals behind and jumped back into the sea to get them. Seconds later, she was accidentally hit by the ship’s propeller.

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

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

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

The boat and its crew are now reportedly being investigated by local authorities.

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

“I thought I was going to die,” she told reporters of her harrowing experience. “I fought for my life for seconds that felt like minutes. I started drowning, 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 lower leg amputation and nerve surgery on her injuries, after which she began the grueling rehabilitation process.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I like to dance, love music and enjoy life with my family,” she lamented at the time. “My life has been completely changed by an unfortunate tragedy.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/06/woman-26-killed-by-boat-propeller-in-colombia/ 26-year-old woman killed by ship’s propeller in Colombia

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