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Italian freediver Andrea Zuccari has been missing at sea and presumed dead

Published: August 30, 2023 - 14:11
Updated: August 30, 2023 - 14:11
Italian freediver Andrea Zuccari has been missing at sea and presumed dead
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Italian freediving champion Andrea Zuccari went missing off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh while diving in the Red Sea.

Andrea Zuccari Andrea Zuccari went missing in Egypt while diving in the Red Sea off the coast of Sharm el Sheikh. According to available information, the freediving champion was diving using scuba gear the moment he went missing.

Scuba diving accident

Zuccari was supposed to carry out maintenance on the diving platform’s connection cables at a depth of around 50 metres. For this purpose, he dived with an aqualung and a DPV scooter. When the time scheduled for the dive and return to the surface had passed and Andrea still had not appeared, a rescue operation was launched.

Unfortunately, despite an intensive search involving both divers and freedivers, the Italian was not found. According to information published online, some of his equipment has been found.

The freediving world is shocked and saddened, as Andrea Zuccari was a great personality of this community. The Italian contributed greatly to the development and promotion of the discipline and dedicated his entire life to it.

Andrea Zuccari

Born in Rome, 48-year-old Zuccari was one of the world’s leading freedivers. Among his achievements, he held a personal record in the No Limit competition when he reached 185 metres. The Italian was also a respected coach to successive generations of freedivers. In 20212, he created the Freediving World Apnea Centre in Sharm el Sheik, where he trained athletes from all over the world.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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