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Woman from Sheerness dies learning to scuba dive at Holborough Lakes in Snodland

By Lewis Dyson

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.

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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.

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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