British scuba diver, 29, dies exploring shipwreck off Albanian coast

Female British scuba diver, 29, dies while exploring a shipwreck off Albanian resort town as instructor, 45, is arrested

  • Briton, 29, was taking part in dive off coast of Saranda, Albania, on Monday 
  • Woman – who has not been named – got into trouble during dive and drowned 
  • Police have arrested diving instructor, named locally as Saimir Kushova, 45 
  • He is accused of safety failures and of hiring an unqualified employee 

A British scuba diver has died while exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Albania. 

The 29-year-old victim – a female tourist who has not been named – died during a dive off the coast of Saranda, a resort town in the south of the country near the Greek island of Corfu, on Monday.

Police have arrested the instructor in charge of the trip – named locally as 45-year-old Saimir Kushova – on suspicion of violating health and safety rules and employing someone who was not fully qualified.

A 29-year-old Briton - a woman who has not been named - has drowned during a scuba diving excursion near Saranda, in southern Albania (file image)

A 29-year-old Briton – a woman who has not been named – has drowned during a scuba diving excursion near Saranda, in southern Albania (file image)

Social media profiles show Kushova is an employee at the Spiranca Diving Center and has worked there for two decades.

He is a local, and studied at a marine academy in his home town.

It is thought he was leading a group down to a wreck called the ‘Drowned Steamer’ when tragedy struck. 

An employee of the diving centre told The Telegraph that the victim was a qualified diver and insisted Kushova was not to blame for her death.

They said: ‘She was diving on a shipwreck but was only at a depth of seven or eight metres. She came to the surface but then went down.

‘We don’t know what happened, maybe she had a health issue. 

‘Saimir has been arrested but he was the one who tried to rescue her, he gave her CPR.’

The victim was taking part in a dive to see a wreck called the 'Drowned Steamer', local media reported, when she got into trouble and died

The victim was taking part in a dive to see a wreck called the ‘Drowned Steamer’, local media reported, when she got into trouble and died

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