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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
UK woman drowns in South Africa
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A British tourist has drowned in South Africa while riding a horse on a beach.

Claire Jackson, 36, from London, was washed away as she crossed the Nxaxo River close to Wavecrest, in the Eastern Cape Province.

Two other women, one from south Africa and one from the UK, escaped unharmed. Ms Jackson's body was recovered shortly after the accident.

Her family has been informed and relatives were travelling to South Africa, the Foreign Office said.

South African Police Superintendent Gcinikaya Taleni said: "It seems that there was a large wave and the tide sucked them inside the sea... two of the women managed to escape.

"We think the girls who escaped went to a nearby hotel, the Wavecrest and they called the police.

"Ms Jackson's body was recovered straight away," he said.

Riding holidays

The trip was organised by Julie Gower, from South Africa, who was one of the survivors, he said.

Ms Gower's website says she runs a company called Wild Coast Horse Trails with her husband. It offers beach riding holidays.

Her husband Clint said: "They had to cross a river to get back to the hotel and that's when the incident happened... they were caught in a channel in the river and washed out to sea."

He added that Ms Jackson's horse had survived while the other two horses were still missing.

Both survivors were traumatised but unharmed, he said.

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