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Diver drowned in river while trying to retrieve from water 50kg of cocaine - video

There was an unusual accident in Australia where a diver died in the Hunter River while trying to retrieve 50kg of cocaine from the water. Detectives from the Organised Crime Squad have launched an investigation after a diver died in the Hunter River in Newcastle, Australia. All because of the very unusual circumstances of the
Published: May 10, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 00:42
Diver drowned in river while trying to retrieve from water 50kg of cocaine – video

There was an unusual accident in Australia where a diver died in the Hunter River while trying to retrieve 50kg of cocaine from the water.

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Detectives from the Organised Crime Squad have launched an investigation after a diver died in the Hunter River in Newcastle, Australia. All because of the very unusual circumstances of the whole incident. The man died underwater while trying to get 50 kg of cocaine out of the river.

Parcels containing 50 kg of cocaine
The recovered packages probably contained cocaine

On Monday, 9 May 2022, at around 9.30am, emergency services received a call in Heron Road, Newcastle. From information available, it appeared that an unconscious diver who had been pulled ashore from the water was in need of assistance.

Passers-by administered first aid to the unconscious man and began CPR. NSW Ambulance paramedics then took over the rescue operation. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, the man died on the spot.

In the immediate vicinity of the dead diver Services found several packages that he had retrieved from the water. Upon examination of their contents, they were found to contain more than 50 kg of white powder. According to information provided by local police, this is probably cocaine, which has a street value of 20 millionsAUD .

Newcastle City Police officers secured the packages found and the scene of the accident. The whole area was then examined on arrival by specialists from the criminal police. The service has also planned a search operation of the surrounding waters by divers. Police want to make sure they have successfully seized all the drugs that were under the water.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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