A heartbroken father plans to fly to Albania to ‘find justice’ for his British daughter who tragically drowned in a diving accident.
Rebecca Gannon, 29, from Stone in Staffordshire, died in September after getting into trouble on a diving trip with her boyfriend in Saranda, a south coast holiday resort.
Her father George said her death “absolutely devastated” the family, reports Stoke on Trent Live.
Rebecca – known as Beccie – had apparently noticed something was wrong with her scuba gear and asked for it to be changed before diving to an old wreck.
George, 61, said he understood that after just five minutes beneath the surface, his daughter “paniced and asked for help.”
A diving instructor reportedly jumped in to save the Brit – but she went down again.
Rebecca’s cause of death has been ruled as ‘drowning’ – but her devastated family are now demanding answers about her death.
George told Stoke on Trent Live: “I will put my daughter to rest and then go straight to Albania and stay there until I find out how she was killed.
“I was completely heartbroken and I’ve never been in my entire life, now I’m angry.
“We have no justice and I will not come back until I can tell my wife and children that I have found justice. I won’t go until I have the answers.”
Once in Albania, George plans to gather as much information as possible about Rebecca’s death – and he’s ready to take the matter to court.
The family have set up a JustGiving page to “raise money to uncover the truth behind her death”.
“I’ll stay there as long as I can to find out the truth,” George said.
“We’re talking about a 29-year-old woman with the whole world ahead of her. Through someone’s stupidity or lack of experience, she is now dead.”
Rebecca’s brother Joey added: “It would mean the world to get answers.
“We will never sleep peacefully until we find out the truth.”
Rebecca’s friend of four years, Robert Kerans, said there were three instructors for the 12 divers on the dive trip.
But he claimed one of the instructors, Gerta Brozi, didn’t seem to “pay much attention” to the pre-dive checks – and said there was a problem with Rebecca’s equipment.
He told MailOnline: “She checked the equipment but she didn’t seem to be paying much attention.
“I know there was a problem with Rebecca’s regulator, but Gerta said it was resolved.”
One of the diving instructors, Saimir Kushova, 45, was arrested in connection with Rebecca’s death.
He reportedly tried to save her and managed to pull her to the surface before others desperately tried to help.
Kushova was reportedly arrested on suspicion of violating health and safety regulations and illegally employing a non-fully qualified diving instructor.
It is not clear if he has been charged.
Saranda is a popular spot for divers due to its underwater visibility, which ranges from 15 meters to 30 meters.
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