British woman, 29, killed in diving accident while exploring shipwreck off coast of Albania arrested as instructor

A British woman has died in a diving accident while exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Albania.

A diving instructor has been arrested after the 29-year-old drowned while driving off Saranda, a resort town on the country’s southern coast, not far from the Greek island of Corfu.

A diving instructor was arrested after the 29-year-old drowned

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A diving instructor was arrested after the 29-year-old drownedPhoto credit: Getty
The arrested instructor Saimir Kushova, 45, was reportedly trying to save Rebecca

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The arrested instructor Saimir Kushova, 45, was reportedly trying to save RebeccaCredit: Facebook

The woman, locally named Rebecca Gannon, was with her boyfriend when she got into trouble during the dive on Monday afternoon.

Instructor Saimir Kushova, 45, who was arrested, reportedly tried to rescue her and managed to bring her to the surface before others desperately tried to help her.

Footage shared by an Albanian news website showed a body being lifted from a red-and-white dive boat and carried to a beach by seven people.

Kushova was reportedly arrested on suspicion of violating health and safety regulations and illegally employing a non-fully qualified diving instructor.

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An employee of Spiranca Diving, a dive company, told The Telegraph: “We don’t know what happened, maybe she had a health problem.

“We’re waiting for the autopsy. We are all very shocked. She was a qualified open water diver, she held a PADI certification.

“She dived on a shipwreck but was only seven or eight meters deep. She came to the surface but then went under.

“Saimir was arrested but he was the one who tried to save her, he revived her.”

The group is said to have dived on the wreck of an Italian cargo ship that sank during World War II.

Gerta Brozi, who was on the boat when Rebecca got into trouble, told Mail Online: “It was a very traumatic experience and the friend was very upset about it, as was everyone else on the boat.

“We just don’t know what happened.”

Saranda is a popular spot for divers due to its underwater visibility, which ranges from 15 meters to 30 meters.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Albania and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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