The Armed Forces of Malta is in mourning following the tragic death of one of its most talented soldiers.
Devastated former colleagues of Christine Gauci posted heartbreaking tributes on social media following news of her death on Saturday.
The 35-year-old from Victoria, who was an experienced scuba diver, passed away after a diving expedition with a friend at Mgarr ix-Xini in Gozo.
As as well as the AFM, served with the British Army in Afghanistan during some the worst days of the war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
The AFM’s official Facebook page added a black ribbon to its profile picture as a mark of respect.
Christine’s friends in the Maltese military flooded Facebook with emotional messages.
One posted: ‘This news shocked all my senses this morning. I can’t believe it. You had plans for amazing dives together.
‘Rest in peace my friend. Fly high and meet your father who loved so much.’
Another former colleague wrote: ‘Rest in peace our hero and watch over us. You left a void in our hearts.’
An AFM soldier added: ‘Rest in peace Christine. You will be missed. Thanks for your service and support. Until we meet again.’
A family friend wrote: ‘She was such a strong woman made of steel, filled with endless courage, who feared nothing and noone. An amazing soul.’
Another added: ‘RIP dear friend, still can’t believe. It’s hard to say goodbye. Till we meet again.’
Members of the Gauci family took to Facebook to thank Bay Easy followers for their kind words after we broke the tragic news.
Christine’s uncle posted on Bay Easy‘s Facebook page: ‘Thank you for all the support you are giving Mary Gauci following the loss of her daughter. We appreciate it.’
Saluting one of our own.
— Teatru Astra (@teatruastra) January 18, 2020