A British photographer has been questioned by police after a Russian model drowned during a photo shoot in the Mediterranean.
Playboy centrefold Galina Fedorova, 32, was found dead by coastguards after apparently going for a swim with photographer Yev Taranovs.
The pair were heading to a remote Sardinian island on a hired inflatable boat for an assignment when Taranovs said they stopped and went for a dip, The Sun reports.
But the boat, littered with alcohol bottles, broke from its anchor and beached on a nearby reef at Isola Rossa off the Sardinian southeast coast.
Taranovs told Italian police they tried to swim for the boat, but he then lost sight of Galina and shouted for help to a nearby vessel.
He was taken to Sardinia while a chopper found Galina lifeless in the water.
Police also seized a drone used for the photo shoot.
“There is interest in the drone footage as this happened very close to a NATO firing range. We have to make sure the assignment was not a cover for a spying mission,” a police spokeswoman said.
Taranovs, 42, from Twickenham, south west London, had earlier posted on Instagram about his trip to “paradise”.
There is also a video of him steering a boat at speed with the caption: “A sailor went to sea sea sea”.
Paris-based Galina described herself as a “model, traveller, yoga lover, hedonist and earth patriot”.
On her last Instagram post a follower had broke the news, writing, “Sorry to say but Galina got into an accident in Italy and it didn’t end well”.
Taranovs was treated for shock after last Saturday’s tragedy. A post-mortem on Galina found she drowned.
“The current took the boat towards the reef and they tried to swim towards it but were unable to reach it,” the police spokeswoman said.
She said the male survivor has been questioned, adding: “Bottles of alcohol were found on the boat”.
The Foreign Office said it was “offering advice and support to a British man in Sardinia”.
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