Why is there not a specialist dive team available in Gozo for emergencies like this?

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Readers LetterDear Sir,
We witnessed the attempted rescue of the missing diver this morning and although there were emergency services available no one was there who seemed to be able to go into the water to save him. The only people kitted up appeared to be the friends of the missing diver.

Why is there not a specialist dive team available in Gozo for emergencies like this? In fairness we were not party to what was happening on the rescue boat but judging from the fact that another diver in the party has appeared to be injured a professional team would have been most useful.

I understood that other divers on the island often help out in situations such as this, good as that is it is still relying on availability and chance. As diving is so important to Gozo’s economy more exact rescue procedures are desperately needed to help out in situations such as these.

The police were very professional but what could they do without the appropriate facilities or resources, emergency services should be given the chance to be effective.

I do appreciate that we were powerless observers and were caught up in the emotion of the situation and our observations might contain inaccuracies, however we hope that our comments on this tragedy can help improve the future provision for emergencies.

Sincerely Yours,

Alan Coode

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