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Diver body 'on way home'.

THE body of a Teesside diving instructor who died exploring a Mediterranean shipwreck is likely to be flown home this week.

Paul Swain, of Billingham, disappeared three weeks ago while exploring the wreck of the MV Xlendi on the island of Gozo, off Malta. The 49-year-old, who lived with his fiancee Louise Walsh, was in Malta with six friends from the Sub-Aqua Sports Association in County Durham when they decided to explore an old passenger ferry purposely sunk as a diving attraction. He was last seen exploring the cafeteria of the ship. He is believed to have become disoriented when silt was disturbed in the wreck, making it impossible for him to find his way out.

His body was found on November 15. Paul's brother Brett flew out last week to carry out a formal identification and was due to return with the body.

Paul's family are contemplating legal action after discovering the wreck was known locally as a death trap. Brother Mark said: "We are looking at getting legal advice."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2008
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