British snorkelling instructor, 19, dies in Zakynthos

BBC — A 19-year-old British water sports instructor has died while snorkelling and underwater swimming in Greece.

Harry Byatt, who worked in Zakynthos failed to resurface after diving into the sea, his employer said.

The former Eastbourne College pupil’s body was found on the seabed at a depth of around 30m on 6 August.

Tributes have been paid online to the “beloved son, brother, and friend” on social media.

The Peligoni Club, where Mr Byatt worked as an instructor, raised the alarm five minutes after he began swimming underwater using a monofin and a mask, a spokesman for the resort said.

Mr Byatt was found unconscious and brought to the surface, and CPR was administered on a rescue boat, but doctors and medical professionals could not revive him once he was brought to the shore.



The Peligoni Club said it was working with local authorities to investigate the incident.

The spokesman said: “Three doctors, two guests from the UK and one local doctor, and an army medic from the UK did everything they could to revive him on site whilst awaiting the ambulance.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Zakynthos, Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”