Mother is crushed to death in front of her children in

Mother is crushed to death in front of her children as she tried to stop rented houseboat bumping into a bridge with her bare hands during boating holiday in The woman, 42, is said to have panicked when she saw the drawbridge still up She reportedly tried to block the collision but misjudged the strength of the river Questions have been raised about why the children's father did not stop the boat

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 15:06 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 15:07 BST, 3 May 2019

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A Swiss woman was crushed to death in front of her horrified children as she tried and failed to stop a boat colliding with a bridge in

The 42-year-old mother panicked when she saw that the houseboat was about to hit a lowered drawbridge in Jesolo, near Venice. 

She reportedly tried to block the collision with her bare hands but misjudged the strength of the river and was squashed between the boat and the bridge. 

A firefighter who responded to the boating disaster said the children had 'seen the whole thing' before their eyes.   

Scene of tragedy: Emergency services attend the site of a boating holiday disaster as a 42-year-old woman was crushed to death between a boat and bridge

Scene of tragedy: Emergency services attend the site of a boating

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