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British Diver Dies While Diving Off Island of Lanzarote

A 61-year-old diver is now the third British tourist to die while diving off Lanzarote.

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A 61-year-old diver is now the third British tourist to die while diving off Lanzarote.

The man, who has been named only by his initials L.G. according to The Daily Mail, suffered a cardiac arrest after falling ill while diving the underwater Atlantic Museum just after 10am on Wednesday.

The diver, who is is thought to be an ex-pat and has been described as an experienced diver, was taken to dry land via a rescue boat but lost his life before paramedics could get to him.

The report states that the man was diving with a local club, was with his schoolboy nephew at the time and that a ‘Civil Guard source said that the diver had been around 40 feet underwater when he became unwell.’

This is the third tragic incident this year involving a British diver in the Canary Islands.

On September 16 retired soldier John Walker, 54, from County Durham, died near the same location while getting ready to visit the Atlantic Museum.

One week later Justine Barringer, 44, suffered a cardiac arrest following difficulties diving off Veneguera Beach in Gran Canaria.

The Atlantic Museum, which features over 300 life size human figures by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, opened in January and is Europe’s first underwater museum.

Stock image of Lanzarote

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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