By Chris King • 15 October 2021 • 1:46
Malaga diver missing after Huesca military training exercise.
Mario Quiros Ruiz is an Army sergeant from Malaga. As confirmed by a spokesman for the Spanish military, he was taking part in an exercise in the Aragonese region of Huesca. Here, they were using the El Grado reservoir for diving practice. Sergeant Ruiz has been reported as missing by the military since early on the morning of Tuesday, October 12.
As reported by the military spokesperson, a search is still ongoing for the soldier. They confirmed that the sergeant disappeared during “a scheduled exercise for assault divers”, and that the Malaga diver is missing.
A resident of Melilla, but born in Malaga, Mario Quiros Ruiz had been assigned to the No8 Engineer Regiment, belonging to the General Command of Melilla. Sergeant Quiros should be celebrating his 23rd birthday this coming Friday, October 15. According to a military spokesperson “the family has been informed”.
Participants in this type of practice usually receive a refinement of the Navy Elementary Diver Course, where applicants have already acquired the first basic notions of military diving. It is a theoretical-practical knowledge for conducting air dives at a depth of 50 metres, involving conducting searches, small-scale work, and live-work surveys.
The Spanish military regularly holds such exercises, during which the troops are put through diving courses where they receive tactical, physical, and technical training. This is designed to prepare them for any possible missions that might crop up, either in peacetime or in a real-life combat scenario, as reported by surinenglish.com.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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