Diver dies, six rescued by AFM in Wied iz-Zurrieq

48-year-old Polish diver dies after finding himself in difficulty while diving off Wied iz-Zurrieq

Four divers who found themselves in distress were winched to shore by an AFM helicopter, but one died later in hospital
Four divers who found themselves in distress were winched to shore by an AFM helicopter, but one died later in hospital

A Polish diver died this morning after he found himself in difficulty while diving off Wied iz-Zurrieq this morning.

He was one of four Polish divers who found themselves in difficulty and were rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta in bad weather conditions this morning after bathers noticed seven divers who appeared to be in distress.

An AFM helicopter was immediately deployed while paramedics, and police officials from the Rapid Intervention Unit and the Zurrieq police station were also dispatched.

Three of the divers, one Maltese and two French, managed to make their way to the shore after having initially being drawn out to sea by strong currents.

The others four divers remained in distress and had to be winched by AFM rescuers to an Aloutte III helicopter.

One of the divers, a 48-year-old Pole, was immediately transferred to an ambulance as he was in a state of unconsciousness. The man was conveyed to Mater Dei Hospital, where he was declared dead a few moments later.

The other divers, who were also Polish, were subsequently rescued by the AFM helicopter before being given medical assistance by paramedics on site.

A magisterial inquiry is being held.

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