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First underwater shots of the collapsed Azure Window - video

On the 8th of March we reported on an unpleasant incident which occurred on the Maltese island of Gozo. It was, of course, the collapse of the rock arch “The Azure Window”. The legendary rock arch was a landmark, a symbol and one of the most valuable objects for the local community. Unfortunately, what nature
Published: March 12, 2017 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:34
First underwater shots of the collapsed Azure Window – video

On the 8th of March we reported on an unpleasant incident which occurred on the Maltese island of Gozo. It was, of course, the collapse of the rock arch “The Azure Window”.

The legendary rock arch was a landmark, a symbol and one of the most valuable objects for the local community. Unfortunately, what nature gave, it also decided to take away. As a result of erosion and pushing forces of nature, the monumental geological formation disappeared under the surface of the water.

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On the surface, there is no trace of the arch, but for divers the world does not end at the surface. On the contrary, it only begins there, and the most interesting thing, as usual, is hidden under the surface of the water. So it didn’t take long for the first dives to be carried out on the ruins of Azure Window. Especially as everyone was curious about what was now at the bottom.

The first diving video footage documenting the current state of the remains of the rock arch has already appeared online. The author of the video is George Vassallo, who decided to personally check what is hidden at the bottom of Dwejra Bay in the place where Gozo‘s greatest symbol once stood. According to information provided by the Times of Malta, the video was recorded this morning.

Once awe-inspiring, visited by millions of tourists and immortalised in countless photographs and films. Today, Azure Window is a sad memory of what it still was on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Vassalo also shared with the Journal his observations on the sequence of events. According to him, the Azure Window pillar collapsed first. All due to the strong deterioration of its inner part.

The first fragments are already visible at a depth of 10 metres, and continue down to a depth of 50 metres. Despite the temporary diving ban, this morning many divers could be seen on site preparing to dive to see the collapsed rock arch of Azure Window.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
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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