Saturday, January 4, 2014

Colombia: Navy Recovers Body of French Diver Who Disappeared Off Tintipan Island

According to EFE, the body of a French tourist, age unknown, who may have disappeared last weekend while he was diving in Colombia’s Caribbean waters was recovered by naval personnel on Wednesday (January 1).

The Frenchman was approximately one nautical mile (1.8 kilometers) from the place where he disappeared near Tintipan Island, which is part of the San Bernardo archipelago in the Gulf of Morrosquillo.

The victim's remains were taken to the Coveñas Coast Guard station. Investigation of the Frenchman’s death will be undertaken by prosecutors from the nearby city of Tolu, according to acting commander of Colombia’s Coast Guard unit, Lt. Cmdr. Adelmo Dam.

COMMENT: The diving victim, who may have succumbed to apnea, very likely as a result of running out of air in his tank.

The victim, Commander Dam emphasized, may have become tangled in the coral or suffered some other health problem that prevented him from getting back to the surface and, since he was alone, he had no one to assist him.

The Frenchman, who was a US resident, arrived in Colombia as a tourist on December 15 along with his girlfriend and several friends.

It is a cardinal rule in diving that those operating in deep water always have a “buddy” in the event another diver encounters trouble.