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19-year-old dies after swimming accident in Zakinthos

A young British snorkelling instructor has died off the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Harry Byatt, 19, was found unresponsive on the seabed 30m deep while out swimming.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the experienced diver’s death, according to The Sun

The alarm was raised by staff at the Peligoni Club, where Harry worked, after he jumped into the sea and failed to resurface five minutes later. He was wearing a monofin and a mask.

A spokesman for the Peligoni Club said that Harry was found unconscious and was brought to a rescue boat where medics tried to revive him.

“Three doctors, two guests from the UK and one local doctor, and an army medic from the UK did everything they could to revive him on site whilst awaiting the ambulance,” they added.

“However, on arrival at the hospital he was pronounced dead. We are working closely with the local authorities in their investigation of the accident.

“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Zakynthos, Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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