Pic shows: Olivia Ku.
A much loved Taiwanese model has tragically drowned after she reportedly suffered a bout of asthma while taking part in an underwater photoshoot.
Model Olivia Ku, 25, is said to have choked on sea water and was already unconscious when her body was pulled from the waters near Hengchun Township, in Taiwanâs southern Pingtung County.
Ku, together with representatives from her modelling agency "Eelin", had visited the popular tropical tourist site for the photo session when the incident occurred at around 3:26pm.
Reports said firefighters and members of the local coast guard rushed Ku to hospital where attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
While local authorities said further investigation was necessary to determine the exact cause of the accident, there have been suspicions of human error and improper diving practices after it was suggested the photographer asked Ku to remove her breathing apparatus for aesthetic effect, forcing the young woman - apparently an asthma sufferer - to hold her breath underwater.
The accusations have neither been confirmed nor denied by members of the local coast guard, who have handed the case over to a prosecutor assigned to survey the diving site following Kuâs death.
Ku, a native of Taiwanese capital of Taipei, was reportedly an avid amateur diver with at least three years of experience.
She often shared photos of herself on social media while volunteering to dive in the waters to help pick up refuse from the seabed.
Veteran divers who knew Ku said the mishap should have been avoided, as the Eelin modelling agency should have had professional divers on site during the photoshoot in case of such emergencies.
Ku is survived by her husband and young daughter.
A model in Taiwan drowned during an underwater photoshoot and while the exact cause has yet to be determined, there have been suspicions of human error.
Olivia Ku, 25, a native of Taipei, was a popular model and amateur diver with at least three years of experience, Central European News (CEN) reported. She drowned after reportedly suffering an asthma attack while underwater.
The photoshoot took place in the waters near Hengchun Township, in Taiwan’s southern Pingtung County.
According to CEN, it has been suggested that the photographer asked Ku to remove her breathing apparatus, making her hold her breath underwater. These allegations have not been confirmed or denied by the local coast guard. Ku’s modeling agency should have secured professional divers on set for the photoshoot, veteran divers told CEN.
In the past, the mother-of-one volunteered to dive in the waters to help pick up trash from the seabed, CEN reported.