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Comino, Malta's Famed Blue Lagoon Claims Another Life

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | June 21, 2015

Comino, Malta's Famed Blue Lagoon Claims Another Life

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A 59-year-old unidentified British man drowned Sunday while swimming off the Maltese island of Comino in the famous Blue Lagoon, the third vacationer to die in those waters in less than a month, The Guardian reported.

He was choppered to the local Gozo general hospital, where he then died.

Etienne Micalles, secretary general of the emergency response rescue corps detailed the incident to The Guardian: “The man was outside of the Blue Lagoon when bystanders reported to the lifeguard station that there was a person in the water who appeared to be immobile.”

Red Cross chief lifeguard Robert Brincau said to The Guardian that lifeguards had put up double-red flags that day, which indicated rough water conditions that are dangerous and life threatening for swimmers. Brincau emphasized the importance of following lifeguard instruction due to the risks involved in taking a dip.

Last month two 35-year-old British men drowned while swimming in the same location.

Micalles said a large number of tourists are drawn to the lagoon due to it’s deep blue waters, and this number increases the odds of an accident. “It’s not that the area is dangerous, but the issue is it’s very popular,” he told The Guardian. “The more people who frequent the area more chance of an incidence.”

A spokeswoman for the foreign office confirmed the death to The Guardian and said, “We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

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