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Mystery as tourist mum vanishes during 400ft dive on Red Sea holiday in Egypt – while husband surfaces unconscious | The Sun

A MUM mysteriously vanished during a 400ft dive on holiday in Egypt while her husband resurfaced unconscious.

Kristina Osipova, 44, went missing while she visited underwater caves in the Red Sea alongside her husband Yuri Osipova.

The couple were exploring the deep seas as part of a ten-day cruise before the mystery occurred.

Yuri surfaced unconscious but there was no sign of his wife after the Russian couple plunged below internationally allowed depths. 

The 41-year-old aborted his dive feeling uncomfortable but his wife continued to go deeper as they explored spectacular underwater caves, according to reports.

A search party is now underway for the woman, as the area has been expanded – but the hope of finding her alive is dwindling, rescuers have said.


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Her frantic husband has been taking part in the searches.

Russian Consulate General diplomat Alexei Zhilyaev said: “After the husband's ascent, the computer showed a maximum depth of 400ft, that is, this is the depth at which they were and both lost consciousness. 

“When her husband surfaced and regained consciousness, his wife was not around.”

Rescue ship commander Mustafa Nabil told REN TV her body may not be found if carried away by a strong undercurrent.

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They had been in a tourist group of nine diving into caves at a depth of 120ft off Giftun Island, south of resort Hurghada.

The couple reportedly then dived deeper “without any special equipment”.

“Her husband said he began to lose consciousness, what we call nitrogen narcosis, which makes divers feel intoxicated while diving,” said Nabil.

But the man managed to swim out, and the woman remained in the water. 

“We are still searching for the missing person, we have also informed all ships in the area that if anyone sees the body of a missing diver on the surface to contact law enforcement.”

A record-breaking diver went down to the depth they had been but saw no sign of her. 

Some four boats are involved in the search, though hope of a positive outcome dwindles as the days pass.

The couple, from St Petersburg, are reported to be experienced divers. 

The underwater caves – formed by rocks overgrown with corals – are a popular attraction at Giftun Island. 

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It comes after a tiger shark was responsible for killing a tourist at an Egyptian beach after it was spotted stalking the coast just three days before the savage attack.

And a British nurse went missing while on a scuba dive with her friend in the Red Sea in 2021.

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