A mother has publicly thanked Malta’s ‘heroes’ after her son and his friend were rescued from a cliff.
Kerstin Panzavecchia admitted she feared the worst after Nick, 19, and his mate Mark Petric, 21, failed to return home on Friday night.
By Monday morning she was frantic with worry until she received a phone call from the police saying that the pair had been found alive and were clinging to rocks on the outskirts of Rabat.
I would like to publically thank from my heart all my friends, family and people who just came forward for all their…
She wrote on Facebook: ‘I would like to publically thank from my heart all my friends, family and people who came forward for all their kind words and full support in helping find my son Nick and his friend Mark who went missing at Bahrija.
‘Thanks to all the police involved for their quick intervention, the boys who forwarded their mobiles to the Rabat police station, the Armed Forces of Malta, the Civil Protection and the K9 Unit.’
The relieved mum added: ‘Thanks also to Paul Vincenti and his sister Francesca for organising the drone group, John Gera for his rescue K9 team, the medical doctor on site who took me to Cirkewwa, Michelle Mahoney from Skypeople Malta for informing all pilots flying to keep a look out and all who went out of their way searching on foot and by boat.
‘Also thanks to the ambulance crews and the staff at Mater Dei.
‘Last but not least our hero Tony Zammit who was fishing and found them alive and assisted them. Thanks all.’
Mr Zammit, the fisherman who spotted the two young men on a cliff edge, said he lowered them a sandwich and a bottle of water using a piece of string as they were suffering from dehydration.