British 29-year-old scuba diver dies in Albania

A diving instructor has been arrested after a young British woman died in a diving accident off the coast of Albania.

The 29-year-old victim drowned during a diving trip off Saranda, a resort on the southern coast of Albania, not far from the Greek island of Corfu.

A video published on an Albanian news website showed a body being taken off a red and white dive boat by seven people and carried up a beach, with a female doctor in attendance.

Police arrested the instructor in charge of the diving trip, who was named as Saimir Kushova, 45.

He is being investigated on charges including violating work health and safety rules and illegally employing a dive instructor who was not fully qualified.

‘We’re all very shocked’

“We don’t know what happened, maybe she had a health issue,” an employee at the dive company, Spiranca Diving, told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

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

“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.

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

Saranda is popular with divers and renowned for its underwater visibility, which ranges from 15 metres up to 30 metres.

In nearby Ksamili, divers can explore six former Albanian navy ships which were deliberately sunk 20 years ago by the authorities to create a dive park.

The vessels are found at depths ranging from 18 metres to 30 metres.

The Rough Guide describes Saranda as “perhaps Albania’s most appealing entry point.

“A recent building boom has eroded some of the town’s original genteel atmosphere, but it’s still a great place to kick back, stroll along the promenade and watch the sun set over cocktails. There are beaches in town, but better are those nearby Ksamili, some 20km to the south.”

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