British woman in her 20s killed in French boating accident

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An English woman has died and four other people have been injured in a boat accident on the River Rhone in southern France.

The woman, who was in her 20s, was ejected overboard when the boat struck a warning beacon overnight on the river in the city of Avignon, an official said.

The four others injured were also on the boat and two of them are in serious condition.

An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the accident.

The official said the boat was travelling from the island of Barthelasse, where the victim had dinner with friends at a restaurant, to Avignon. Barthelasse is France’s largest river island.