Unexplained death of Spanish naval officer in Antarctica

LONG GONE: The Arenales del Sol hotel in its heyday Photo credit: Restaurante Gran Bahia

SPANISH naval captain Javier Montojo Salazar fell overboard from the ocean research vessel Hesperides last Friday night.

He was part of a scientific team undertaking research in the waters and islands in the Antarctic and the vessel was close to the Spanish naval base Juan Carlos I on Livingston Island at the time of the incident.

After discovering that the captain was missing, the ship undertook a search of the area and discovered his body in the freezing waters six hours later.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Defence, his body is being taken to the port of Ushuaia in Argentina and will then be returned to Spain.

At this stage no reason for the captain’s fall has been established.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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