The diver Fernando Garfella, author of several underwater documentaries, died in a diving accident this Sunday in the Cala Estellencs area, north of Mallorca.
Garfella, 31, was making a dive near sa Dragonera, in Andratx, but was reported missing after a long time without surfacing. A friend of the diver dived to look for him but ran out of air in the bottle and had to emerge without doing the necessary decompression, for which he is admitted in serious condition to a hospital in Palma.
Garfella was a lover and defender of the sea who collaborated with different NGOs and environmental organizations, even driving and promoting the new Freu de Sa Dragonera Marine Reserve. Following this line, he participated as a volunteer in various migrant rescue missions with the NGO Open Arms ship.
Divers from the Special Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) of the Civil Guard of the Balearic Islands and Madrid have joined the rescue operation of the body, which is estimated to be about 80 meters deep and six miles off the coast of Sant Elm, according to reports the Diario de Mallorca, of the Iberian Press group.
Various entities have lamented the disappearance of Garfella. “We have lost an exceptional person, the sea loses a great ally and Mallorca is one of the great underwater filmmakers,” the conservation organization Mallorca Blue has tweeted.
The Open Arms has announced that one of its boats, the ‘Echo 2’, will bear the name of the missing diver. “A great one left us, and it hurts us a lot. Fer Garfella, a fellow missionary in this sea from which he rescued so many lives and who claimed his yesterday. A friend, an admired professional, leaves too soon, but he will always accompany us “, has indicated its founder, Óscar Camps.
It was a big one, and it hurts a lot. Fer Garfella, a fellow missionary in this sea from which he rescued so many lives and which yesterday claimed his. A friend, an admired professional, leaves too soon, but he will always be with us. The Echo 2 rescue boat will bear his name pic.twitter.com/YxMtAFqNdh
— Oscar Camps (@campsoscar) August 10, 2020
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has conveyed “a big hug to the entire team” of Open Arms.
I’m so sorry
A big hug to all the team of @openarms_fund and my condolences to his family.
– Ada Colau @ (@AdaColau) August 10, 2020