The death of a 46 year old Russian who had gone spearfishing in the sea off Lara was due to asphyxiation as a result of drowning, state pathologist Eleni Antoniou said after a post-mortem on Sunday.
Police said that the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre had been notified of a missing person in the sea off Lara at 14.32 on Friday.
It sent a police launch to the scene and an ambulance, while volunteers also joined the search with a speedboat.
The missing person was found floating unconscious and taken to shore and from there to Paphos Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
The man’s wife was on board a small inflatable boat during the incident, some 300 metres from shore. She told police that her husband had gone spearfishing. He had been wearing a wet suit but did not have an oxygen tank.