British tourist drowns in Malta
COMINO, Malta - A British tourist drowned off the coast of Malta on Sunday - the third to die in less than month.
COMINO, Malta – A British tourist drowned off the coast of Malta on Sunday – the third to die in less than month.
The unnamed 59-year-old man got into trouble in rough seas at Comino’s famous Blue Lagoon where British dentists Kamran Shabir and Lyace Ali were killed while swimming in May.
Lifeguards spotted the man around 2.30pm and swam to his aid but he was unresponsive and died soon after being airlifted to hospital.
He was holidaying near the idyllic coastline which is described by visitors on Tripadvisor as “picturesque” and a “very beautiful location” because of its white sands and crystal clear blue sea.
Red Cross chief lifeguard Robert Brincau said double-red flags were hoisted on the beach to warning swimmers of dangerous choppy conditions.
He said bathers were also verbally told about the dangers of swimming under red flags and added: “Unfortunately, not everyone heeded the warnings endangering their lives and the lives of lifeguards who are then called upon to rescue the swimmers.”
An investigation into the drowning is now under way.
Last night a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We stand ready to provide consular assistance to his family at this difficult time.”
Mr Shabir and Mr Ali, both 35, got into difficulties while swimming just 30 yards from a busy beach at the Blue Lagoon on May 23rd.
One of them was airlifted to hospital and the other was taken by boat but tragically, neither could be saved.