Three divers dead in tragic day in Gozo

British couple dies in diving tragedy, one person survives, Austrian national dead in another diving incident, bringing the total number of dead divers today to three.

One of the victims being carried to the Police Hearse. Photo CVC media
One of the victims being carried to the Police Hearse. Photo CVC media
Photo CVC media
Photo CVC media
Photo CVC media
Photo CVC media
AFM Search and Rescue boat searchin for more divers. Photo CVC media
AFM Search and Rescue boat searchin for more divers. Photo CVC media

Three divers lost their lives while diving in Gozo in the space of just five hours.

At around 4:20pm a group of divers, of whom at least three were British, were scuba diving in the vicinity of Dwejra when, due to rough seas, found themselves in difficulty.

Initially, two of the divers were brought to shore and were certified dead while a search went on for two more divers. A few minutes later, a third diver was also brought to shore and was rushed to Gozo General Hospital while the search continued for the fourth diver.

While the search was ongoing, news came in that the fourth diver was safe and sound. An AFM patrol boat together with an AFM Alouette helicopter and the Civil Protection Department took part in the search. 

It is believed the two dead divers were a woman and her companian.

This tragedy brings the total of deaths by drowning to six this year. They were all of foreign nationality and five of the six died in Gozo.

Also earlier today, a 64-year-old Austrian national died after finding himself in difficulties while diving at Reqqa Point, in Xwejni, limits of Żebbuġ in Gozo.

District Police are investigating these two accidents.

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