Swimmers rescue ‘drowning’ tourist off Maltese coast

A tourist has been rushed to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Malta.

The French holidaymaker, 83, was trying to cool off from the 32°C heat when she was spotted in distress at a bay near Cirkewwa.

She was rescued by fellow swimmers who called the emergency services.

Police told 89.7 Bay they were alerted at 6.15pm on Wednesday evening.

A spokesman for The Malta Police Force said: ‘An ambulance was called and took the victim to Mater Dei Hospital where she was later certified as suffering from serious injuries.’

On Sunday, a fisherman tragically died after falling into the sea at Cirkewwa.

Saviour Grima, 71, from Birkirkara was fishing with a friend near the Gozo ferry terminal when he slipped and plunged into the deep water.

His family said their father ‘passed away doing what he liked best’.

Tragedy as man drowns in the sea at Cirkewwa