A Russian fitness coach’s rescue attempt of a friend trapped in churning Mediterranean waters turned deadly after both were swept out to sea—as the entire tragedy unfolded on video, captured by the coach’s distressed wife.
The horrifying footage subsequently went viral on Russian social media, even as the coach’s family has been scrambling to secure permission to travel to Spain for his cremation.
On Sept. 23, Daniil Gagarin, 30, traveled to a stretch of jagged cliffs known as La Zorra cove along the Costa Blanca with his wife, Darya Gagarina, and a woman they were friendly with, Finnish fitness instructor Emma Mönkkönen.
The video that Gagarina, 24, shot had been meant to capture the group’s cliff-diving feats. Instead, it became a terrifying chronicle of Gagarin and Mönkkönen’s final moments.
В Испании девушка прыгнула со скалы, пытаясь повторить подвиг друга из России, — её унесло волной. Парень бросился на помощь, но погиб. Всё это снимала его жена
Данила Гагарин работал тренером в Торревьехе. Часто ходил на берег Коста-Бланка, супруга снимала, как он прыгает. pic.twitter.com/QdnRIYb5Qn
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