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Tragedy Strikes in Malta: Two Polish Divers Lose Their Lives

Published: July 7, 2024 - 14:26
Updated: July 7, 2024 - 14:26
Tragedy Strikes in Malta: Two Polish Divers Lose Their Lives
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Tragic Accident in Malta: Death of Two Polish Divers

Malta, July 6, 2024 – Two Poles living permanently in the UK have died during a diving expedition in Malta. The victims were experienced divers exploring the wreck of the “Le Polynesien” ship located off the coast of Zonqor in Marsascala. The dive was conducted using a closed circuit rebreather (CCR).

Tragic Events

The accident occurred on Saturday morning when one of the divers encountered difficulties while diving on the wreck at a depth of 60 meters. There was a strong current on the wreck. Krzysztof Białecki rushed to help, but unfortunately, both divers surfaced without completing the necessary decompression stops.

The divers were transported to shore by a rescue boat and then taken by ambulance to Mater Dei Hospital. Unfortunately, one of them died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The other diver was placed in a decompression chamber, but due to health complications, he also died in the evening.

Remembrance of Krzysztof Białecki

One of the deceased divers was Krzysztof Białecki, founder of England’s largest Polish diving club. Krzysztof, also known as “Tata” and “Biały,” enjoyed great respect and recognition among the diving community. His passion for diving and commitment to the development of the diving club attracted numerous enthusiasts of the sport.

Krzysztof was not only a leader but also a mentor for many young divers. His contribution to the popularization of diving among Poles living in the UK was invaluable.

Condolences

Expressions of sympathy and condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased divers. The diving community, both in the UK and Malta, is united in grief at the loss of two members.

May the memory of Krzysztof Bialecki and his companion inspire us to be even more concerned about safety.

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Krzysztof Białecki, founder of the largest Polish diving club in England

We bid farewell to Our Beloved “Tate”, friend, mentor, legend, role model and hero. – The Diving Explorers team.

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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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