Dive Instructor in Custody After Woman Dies
A British woman was killed in a ‘traumatic’ scuba diving accident while exploring a World War II ship wreck, it is reported.
Named as Rebecca Gannon, the 29-year-old was reportedly taking part in dive off coast of Saranda, Albania, when the tragedy struck.
She was reportedly with her boyfriend when she got into difficulty during the trip on Monday afternoon.
Instructor Saimir Kushova, 45, is said to have entered the water before bringing Rebecca to the surface after spotting her in difficulty.
Footage of the horror scene posted on Albanian news websites shows a body being carried from the vessel to the southern Albanian coast, where paramedics were waiting.
Gerta Brozi who was on the boat and is co-owner of the Spiranca Diving Centre said: “We really don’t know what happened and are waiting for the police to finish the investigation.
“The British woman who died was here with her boyfriend and the both had PADI open water certificates so they were both fully qualified to dive with us”, reports the MailOnline.
She continued: “She had been in the water for ten minutes and then she got into difficulty, there had been an issue with a regulator before but it was changed and was working fine.
“The next thing we knew Saimir had spotted she was in trouble and dived in to try and rescue her.”
According to Brozi, instructor Saimir is with police as an autopsy is conducted – it is not confirmed if the instructor faces any charges at this stage.
The wreck they were diving was not believed to be very deep at around seven or eight metres.
Local media said Saimir he was being held on suspicion of violating work health and safety rules and illegally employing a dive instructor who was not fully qualified.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Albania and are in contact with the local authorities.”