10 January 2006

Body of leading rebreather diver recovered

The bodies of leading BSAC diver Penny Glover and her buddy, Jacques Filippi, have been found off the French island of Porquerolles. The pair had gone missing during a rebreather trimix dive on 21 November.

A week-long search funded by the French government failed to find the missing divers, so Filippi’s family commissioned marine contractors Comex to continue searching with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Glover and Filippi were found this morning by an ROV and their bodies were subsequently recovered by a police diving team. Both were still wearing all their dive kit – sources close to the investigation say they almost certainly ran into difficulties during the ascent.

According to the local Gendarmerie, the bodies were found 500m off Caramel Reef, the site they had been diving when they went missing, at a depth of 60m. They have since been officially identified as Glover and Filippi, and an official enquiry has been launched.

Source: www.divemagazine.co.uk/news


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