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The sister of a British girl who drowned in entrance of her boyfriend while scuba diving in Albania this week stated in the present day: ‘It is devastating. We are heartbroken.’
Rebecca Gannon, 29, nicknamed Beccie, from Stone in Staffordshire tragically died on vacation in Albania on Monday afternoon.
Her tearful sibling Sam stated: ‘She’s my little sister. I am unable to imagine it.’
She was along with her mom Gillian in the kitchen and bakery enterprise they run in Stone as she spoke briefly, saying: ‘The authorities are giving us all of the assist. It is devastating.’
The pair had been too upset to pay tribute in the meanwhile with Sam saying: ‘It has solely simply occurred.’
Rebecca died after entering into problem while on an underwater exploration journey along with her boyfriend of 4 years Robert Kerans.
Following the incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon off the coast of Saranda, Albania, police arrested the proprietor of the Spiranca Diving Centre, who was named as Saimir Kushova, 45.
Officials stated he was being held on suspicion of violating work well being and security guidelines and using a non certified dive teacher named as Gerta Brozi. He is because of seem in court docket on Thursday.
In a press release obtained by MailOnline, devastated Robert, who like his girlfriend has a PADI diving certificates, stated: ‘Rebecca and I arrived on the centre and we stuffed in a kind.
Rebecca Gannon, 29, died after a diving journey off the coast of Albania on Monday afternoon
‘Beccie’ was on vacation along with her boyfriend of 4 years on the time. Both of them had PADI diving certificates
‘There should have been about 12 of us all collectively and there have been three instructors – one among whom spoke excellent English and who I do know now could be Gerta Brozi.
‘She checked the gear however she did not appear to pay a lot consideration. I do know that there was an issue with Rebecca’s regulator however Gerta stated it had been solved.’
Robert, who is initially from Norway, lived in Staffordshire with Rebecca and they’re believed to have met while travelling and labored collectively in New Zealand.
Robert added: ‘We went into the water however I do not know if the issue was mounted. We had gone fairly deep and one of many group had stress issues and got here to the floor.
‘I could not see Rebecca after I was in the water because the visibility wasn’t excellent. I should have been in the water for about 25 minutes and after I surfaced I noticed a police boat near us and that is after I realised one thing dangerous had occurred.’
Other witnesses described how Kushova dived into the water to attempt to assist Rebecca together with different members of the group they usually frantically tried to save lots of her with CPR as horrified Robert appeared on.
Video posted on Albanian information web sites exhibits a physique being carried frantically from a ship at Sarande on the southern Albanian coast, the place paramedics had been ready.
On Tuesday Greta, who was on the boat and is co-owner of the Spiranca Diving Centre, advised MailOnline: ‘We actually do not know what occurred and are ready for the police to complete the investigation.
‘The British girl who died was right here along with her boyfriend and the each had PADI open water certificates so that they had been each totally certified to dive with us.
‘She had been in the water for ten minutes after which she acquired into problem, there had been a difficulty with a regulator earlier than however it was modified and was working wonderful.
‘The subsequent factor we knew Saimir had noticed she was in hassle and dived in to attempt to rescue her.
Following Beccie’s (pictured) demise, the proprietor of the Albanian diving faculty, Saimir Kushova, was arrested
Beccie’s (pictured) household are stated to be devastated. Her tearful sibling Sam advised MailOnline: ‘She’s my little sister. I am unable to imagine it’
‘Saimir did all he might he introduced her to the floor after which he did CPR on her because the boat went again to the shore the place the paramedics had been ready.
‘It was a really traumatic expertise and the boyfriend was very upset by it, as was everybody else on the boat. We simply do not know what occurred.
‘The wreck they had been diving to is not significantly deep, solely seven to eight metres, so it’s not a really troublesome dive. We are ready for the outcomes of the post-mortem and Saimir is with the police.’
When contacted on Wednesday by MailOnline she stated she was ‘too busy and could not speak’ earlier than hanging up.
On its web site the dive centre says: ‘Our personal ardour for diving is proven by our dedication to making sure our visitors have the final word diving expertise in a enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere.
‘Our dive centre is staffed and geared up to deal with as much as 20 divers per day. We have the newest dive gear and compressors (air solely). We even have our personal boats enabling us to entry the most effective off shore dive websites.
Dedicating our companies to smaller teams permits us to focus extra consideration on our shoppers’ particular wants and necessities, committing extra time to every visitor and guaranteeing the next high quality of service from our skilled and pleasant group.’
The occasion had been diving onto the wreck of an Italian cargo ship sunk throughout World War Two, the Probitas which is contained in the Bay of Saranda.
An FCDO spokesperson stated: ‘We are supporting the household of a British girl who has died in Albania and are in contact with the native authorities.’