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Drownings in Blue Lagoon

Just heard that two tourist drowned yesterday at the Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta. I am sure that many EFers have been here. I must admit I wasnt aware that the currents were dangerous in that area, though a young lad died a couple of summers back cave diving.

What is the news of this sad incident in Malta, Slammer ?
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Just heard that two tourist drowned yesterday at the Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta. I am sure that many EFers have been here. I must admit I wasnt aware that the currents were dangerous in that area, though a young lad died a couple of summers back cave diving.

What is the news of this sad incident in Malta, Slammer ?
Just from this may:
young guy drowned in paceville, older guy dead in the water at Cospicua doc. Diver who went down with a dive shack I know panicked and drowned, another panicked at 35 meters shed the belt and shot up, his lungs exploded in his chest, another female diver dead of Gozo.
a woman was swept out to sea by high waves at Dwejra.
And the summer hasn´t even kicked off yet
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Old 25.05.2015, 20:57
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Re: Drownings in Blue Lagoon

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The seas were very rough with strong wind last weekend, the jetty at St. Paul´s was underwater for most of the time.
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...eguards.569573

But then again you get drunk young britons with a can of lager in their hands playing chicken with rough seas.
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Re: Drownings in Blue Lagoon

The comments on the TOM article certainly give food for thought. As you say, people should certainly carry some personal responsibility. Malta is as lax as Switzerland where safety and security is concerned. England goes over the top with elf and safety, but these two countries need to step up to the plate.

A few years ago I was swimming a fair way off Weid Iz-Zurrieq when a guy with a boat used to take tourists to the blue grotto came and told me there was a current, and that I should get in his boat. i thanked him kindly for his concern, but reassured him I had swum there since childhood, and knew the currents well. It was nice of him to bother, I felt.
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The comments on the TOM article certainly give food for thought. As you say, people should certainly carry some personal responsibility. Malta is as lax as Switzerland where safety and security is concerned. England goes over the top with elf and safety, but these two countries need to step up to the plate.

A few years ago I was swimming a fair way off Weid Iz-Zurrieq when a guy with a boat used to take tourists to the blue grotto came and told me there was a current, and that I should get in his boat. i thanked him kindly for his concern, but reassured him I had swum there since childhood, and knew the currents well. It was nice of him to bother, I felt.
there is a wicked current along Wied Iz-Zurrieq and especially the wreck of Um El Faroud and indeed all along the west coast, I am waiting for a calm day and a few buddies then we want to go and free dive and see if we can find the planes that were thrown off the cliffs at Hal Far.
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there is a wicked current along Wied Iz-Zurrieq and especially the wreck of Um El Faroud and indeed all along the west coast, I am waiting for a calm day and a few buddies then we want to go and free dive and see if we can find the planes that were thrown off the cliffs at Hal Far.


http://www.maltaviationmuseum.com/mainhangargallery.asp
visited that place in 2005 -- has developed apparently in the meantime


and THIS is a fascinating compilation
http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/MT/malta.html


visited Hal Far in about 1977
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http://www.maltaviationmuseum.com/mainhangargallery.asp
visited that place in 2005 -- has developed apparently in the meantime


and THIS is a fascinating compilation
http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/MT/malta.html


visited Hal Far in about 1977
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On 23rd November 1936, a whirlwind, still vividly remembered by Maltese veterans, hit RAF Hal Far, causing irrepairable damage to hangars and many aircraft, including some from HMS Hermes and HMS Eagle
This is the sentence I have been looking for, rumor has it that after the storm the wrecked aircraft were simply shoved off the cliff and since no effort has been done to salvage any I reckon that they must still be there, or perhaps not as the area is sometimes lashed by storms, perhaps an engine or a mainspar or two can be found but if you don´t go looking you will never know, that´s how I found the wreck of the Short Sunderland at St. Pauls.
Gonna see if I can get some guys together for a expedition, at least I will have something to write about.
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Re: Drownings in Blue Lagoon

I have a few Maltese friends who are in their 80s. Will ask them what they know and get back to you.
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I have a few Maltese friends who are in their 80s. Will ask them what they know and get back to you.
Great, I just love doing the research, into the national archives or finding people in the know, talking about what they have seen and done.
I found the cannonballs under St. Gregory's curtain at St. Elmo (and a freaking WW2 unexploded Bomb)
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Re: Drownings in Blue Lagoon

Have you ever read

Fortress Malta by James Holland, about Malta during WW2? Might have some interesting info in there.
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Have you ever read

Fortress Malta by James Holland, about Malta during WW2? Might have some interesting info in there.
No, haven't seen this yet, gonna see if I can find it, at the moment this is my favorite.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfCD4qj5FgQ
At some point in the film you can see the salvaged guns of my favorite wreck the HMS Maori being fired, and also footage of the SS Ohio, the feast of Santa Marija in August is synonym with the with the arrival of the SS Ohio. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Ohio

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Re: Drownings in Blue Lagoon

I have read most of these WW2 books at some time or other. As for the Malta Story, I am guessing that you have visited the War Rooms, Slammer? The guides tell you that an awful lot of Hollywood licence was taken with the film. NO different from most films based on true stories I guess.
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