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A woman has died in hospital following an 'incident' while she was learning to scuba dive in Snodland.
Vikki Shelley was having a lesson with diving equipment at Holborough Lakes on Saturday.
Police were called to the scene at around 6.23pm and she was taken to Maidstone Hospital by ambulance.
The 33-year-old, of Queensway in Sheerness, was later transferred to James Pagett University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
It has a specialist hyperbaric chamber for treatment of the bends that is the only one available 24 hours a day in the east of the UK.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sunday morning.
The former Minster College student had previously worked as a television extra and as a writer, using the name Victoria Ley, under which she published The Darkseed Series.
But it's believed that it was a stroke of bad luck that she was on the lake on the day she died.
She tweeted a week earlier that she had thought she was scuba diving a week earler - but had got her weeks mixed up.
I'm such an idiot. Have been losing days this week, now have planned an entire weekend 7 days EARLY :/ Guess I'm not scuba diving tomorrow— Victoria Ley (@toriley) July 4, 2014
The cause of her death is still unknown and a post mortem has yet to be carried out.
A relative said the family was "absolutely devastated".
A police spokesman said the Health and Safety Executive was investigating.
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