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Gdańsk. The tragic end of the search for a diver from the GROM unit

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After four days of intense searches, the body of a diver who went missing on Wednesday during exercises near Westerplatte in Gdańsk was found. This was announced by the General Command of the Armed Forces.

The search operation had been ongoing since Wednesday. The diver was searched for by two helicopters (PZL W-3 Sokół from the Navy and S-70i Black Hawk, which is used by the GROM unit) and the ORP Albatros ship. Sonar and an underwater robot were also used in the activities. The search was conducted in an area with a radius of approximately two nautical miles.

The General Command of the Armed Forces announced the tragic end of the search for the soldier on Saturday.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you that the body of our colleague, the operator of the GROM Military Unit, was found today. The diver went missing on April 24 in the Baltic Sea. Navy ships, soldiers and officers of the Border Guard and Police were involved in the search,” reads the command's statement.

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Minister of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz expressed his condolences to the man's family.

“He was an experienced soldier, a professional, a devoted friend, a wonderful man,” he wrote via the X platform.

A diver went missing during an exercise

Recall that searching for a special forces soldierwho went missing during exercises near Westerplatte in Gdańsk, began on Wednesday around 1 p.m.

Maciej Dziubich from the SAR Maritime Search and Rescue Service informed then that the disappearance occurred near the port exit at the Westerplatte beach, where military divers had been training since the morning.

Search for a diverTVN24

Lieutenant Colonel Mariusz Łapeta said in an interview with tvn24.pl that the missing person is a soldier of the GROM military unit, team B, which is located in Gdańsk on Westerplatte.

Diver search areaX / Maritime Search and Rescue Service / Sebastian Kluska

The soldier dived in a so-called closed state, where the “water survival” time is about 4 hours.

Main photo source: PAP/Adam Warżawa

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