Journalist dies in boat accident at Cannes show

A journalist along on a sea trial at the Cannes Yachting Festival died when she jumped off a speeding RIB Saturday night.
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A journalist along on a sea trial at the Cannes Yachting Festival died when she jumped off a speeding RIB Saturday night.

Authorities confirmed to Yachting Monthly that a 30-year-old Serbian woman who worked as a journalist was killed instantly when she jumped off the boat during a sea trial. They believe she panicked and jumped into the sea after a large wave threw the skipper and another passenger overboard.

Authorities also say the RIB’s kill cord was not being used at the time of the incident.

The two men involved escaped unharmed, including the boat’s owner and a second Serbian journalist, but the woman was killed after she was caught in the boat’s propellers.

St. Raphael maritime police and Cannes police have launched a joint investigation and will review video evidence of the incident.

Local reports suggested that the vessel involved was a Cantieri Magazzù MX-12 Grand Sport, which was showcased last week at the Cannes Yachting Festival, according to the publication. That has not yet been confirmed. Cantieri Magazzù was not available for comment.

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