Student from University of Nottingham drowns in Malaysia

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A 21-year-old student from University of Nottingham has died after drowning on a snorkelling trip in Malaysia.

Jake Samuel Andrews was with six friends at the Shark Point diving site in the Perhentian Islands when the tragic accident occurred.

The islands are located 10 nautical miles off the north-eastern coast of West Malaysia.

Speaking to New Straits Times in Malaysia, district police chief Superintendent Khalid Che Lah said Jake experienced troubles after removing his life jacket.

He said: “His friends immediately saw him struggling for air and brought him to a waiting boat. He was sent to a clinic on the island but was pronounced dead on arrival.”

The victim’s body was then sent to a hospital in nearby Besut for a post-mortem examination.

The University of Nottingham has released a statement:

“The University has been made aware of the sad death of one of its students. We have been liaising with the appropriate agencies to ensure that the family of the deceased receive support at this extremely difficult time. We are also offering support to their fellow students both in Malaysia and here in the UK, and would like to offer our condolences to everyone affected by this terrible loss.”

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