A British tourist yesterday became the sixth scuba diver to die at the Zenobia shipwreck off Larnaca, at a time the island is branding itself as a diving destination.
According to the police, a 57-year-old Briton – whose name has not been officially released - had been diving with a group yesterday afternoon. He was later spotted floating unconscious on the water at around 3pm and rushed to Larnaca General Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Police investigations into the circumstances of the tragedy began immediately and are set to continue. An autopsy to determine cause of death is scheduled for today.
Putting Cyprus’ name on the global scuba diving map, the Zenobia was a roll-on roll-off ferry that sunk 34 years ago.
It has since become the country’s best-known scuba diving site attracting thousands of local and foreign scuba divers per year.
Yesterday’s diving casualty is the sixth connected to the sunken vessel.
Cyprus is ramping up efforts to further enhance its attractiveness as a scuba diving tourist destination, recently creating a series of artificial reefs including boat wrecks.