An exploding scuba diving tank killed two Polish tourists and seriously injured two others overnight on a Croatian island, officials said.
The first victim on the southern island of Vis was a 48-year-old Polish woman who died on the spot, a police spokeswoman told AFP.
“The diving tank exploded while it was being unloaded from a boat on the coast in the port of Komiza,” the transport and sea ministry said in a statement.
The cause of the blast was most likely a valve that popped out, it added.
Three other injured tourists – two men and a woman – were immediately transported to a hospital in the coastal town of Split on the mainland.
One of them, a 43-year-old man who sustained a head injury, died in the hospital later that day, its surgical department announced.
The victims were in a group of 12 Polish tourists who arrived in Komiza to go scuba diving, the ministry said.
Croatia attracts more than 10 million tourists each year.
Tourists mainly visit the country’s Adriatic coast.