The 19-year-old Frenchman who drowned in Malta after jumping into the sea after a boat party was today named as Julian Quatresous, a keen skateboarder who was in Malta to celebrate getting accepted into the merchant navy.
His mother Christine Lecomte spoke to Times of Malta and shared her sorrow about how his life was cut short. She flew to Malta with her 16-year-old son Nathan and her sister Isabelle, as soon as Julian was reported missing.
Julian, from Dieppe in the Normandy coast of France, was in Malta on an 11-day holiday together with six other friends, one of whom had a girlfriend in Malta. This was Julian’s last big holiday before flying off to Marseille for a five-year course to become an officer.
The incident that led to his death began with a boat party on the Fernandes on 11th August. When the boat was heading back to shore and was only 300 metres from land, the seven boys jumped into the sea. It is still unclear why.
A search immediately began as the sea got rougher but while Julian’s six friends were rescued, he was nowhere to be found.
“I don’t yet know what happened that night. I am not ready to think about it,” she told Times of Malta.
Julian’s tragedy took place in the same weekend that two Maltese boys, also 19, disappeared. Luckily, they were found clinging to a cliff in a few days. But heartbreakingly, Julian’s corpse was found a couple of days later and it was confirmed to be him after DNA testing.
“That is not Julian in the casket.
That is just a body. I will remember
his enormous smile. And how we
always teased him that he looked
like the perfect captain,” his mother told Times of Malta.