A 24-year-old woman from Victoria, Australia was killed in a flash flood near Kampot, Cambodia on Saturday. Now, the friends and family of Kristy Blackney have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money and bring her body back home.
Unaware of the danger of flash flooding, Blackney, who was born in Inverloch in Victoria and moved to Perth last year, apparently went on a night swim alone while staying at the Arcadia Backpackers, a riverfront hostel seven kilometers away from Kampot. Her body was discovered the next day.
Blackney’s family started the campaign on Monday in an attempt to raise $15,000. In 20 hours, the campaign has raised more than $21,000.
“As you may have heard our beautiful girl Kristy Blackney has passed away while traveling in Cambodia. Her family and friends are devastated and completely heartbroken,” states the campaign. “As you can imagine, the cost to bring Kristy home are great as well as the costs of a funeral. So if you are able to help her family with these expenses in anyway, please do. We love you Kristy and will miss you so much.”
Australian authorities have confirmed that a woman has died in Cambodia. However, further details could not be released due to privacy.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently providing consular assistance to the family of a woman from Australia who got killed in Cambodia.
Blackney’s best friend, Kiara Mcnally, describes the traveler as an optimistic person whom everyone loved. Mcnally adds that the 24-year-old was also free spirited and would dare to do something like that but would never have thought that anything bad would happen.
The Inverloch Kongwak Football Netball Club also stated that Blackney was a valued member of their junior netball club when she played with them until 2010.
Blackney is one of the 108 foreigners who died in Cambodia this year. Eight individuals are from Australia.