Spanish military diver dies on tsunami mission

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2005, BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA-A specialist military diver has been killed while carrying out routine duties on the sonar system of a Spanish warship helping in the tsunami relief effort in Indonesia.

15 March 2005

BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA-A specialist military diver has been killed while carrying out routine duties on the sonar system of a Spanish warship helping in the tsunami relief effort in Indonesia.

The accident happened in the early hours of the morning while the officer was working with a colleague on the sonar system on the hull of the ship called Galicia.

The Spanish Defence Ministry has opened an investigation into the tragedy but it appeared the causes were still not clear.

So far, defence sources said, it appeared the dead diver, named as sergeant Justo Jesus Picallo, was working with a colleague and the two were nearly finished.

Picallo is then known to have made an emergency signal and his body appeared to sink.

Navy rescuers pulled Picallo’s body from the sea and attempted to revive him.

He was taken to hospital and medics continued to try resuscitation techniques to bring him round, but eventually he was declared dead.

Picallo, 37, from Cadiz in southern Spain, was an experienced diver who had belonged to a specialist diving unit for the past three years.

The Spanish admiral of the fleet has sent a personal message to the dead diver´s family expressing his sorrow for their loss.

Spain has committed a force of 600 military personnel to help the countries affected by the tsunami disaster which hit the Indian Ocean on 26 December.

Since 1975, Spain has lost 90 soldiers, six police, three diplomats and seven journalists on peaceful missions around the world.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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