The 30-year-old from Killester, north DDublin, was with wife Gill Campion in the Indian Ocean’s tropical waters when she “turned around and Andrew was gone”.
Shocked family members told how Gill managed to bring her hubby ashore after he suddenly dropped under the surface — but despite frantic efforts, Andrew could not be revived.
The Irish Sun on Sunday can today reveal a strikingly similar case happened at the exact same spot just two weeks later.
Lisa Mole, who has no underlying health problems, was swimming with her husband when she suddenly lost consciousness.
In a major stroke of luck, there happened to be two doctors nearby who had arrived that day on holiday and managed to resuscitate her.
Top medics have launched an investigation into Lisa’s case. One has claimed she was “electrocuted” by undersea cables — and suggests that may have also been the cause of Andrew’s death.
In an interview with the Irish Sun on Sunday, Lisa today speaks for the first time about her ordeal.
The 51-year-old said: “The fact the same thing happened to two healthy people at the same spot just two weeks apart, is very troubling.
“I do feel it’s important people are made aware of the suspicious goings-on in the Maldives.”
Distraught honeymooner Gill pulled her new husband Andrew out of the water after he went under and helped with unsuccessful efforts to resuscitate him.
The DDublin couple, who had just tied the knot, were holidaying in the Maldives islands when tragedy struck last October.
On November 4, Lisa was on holiday with her husband and daughter when she too collapsed in the water.
She said: “It’s so frightening to even talk about it. I died for five minutes. I was at the exact same spot where Andrew dropped.
“I was looking at turtles, swimming and snorkelling. My daughter was back on land, and my husband was going back to her.
“I started to swim back and that’s when it happened. My husband later told me I was flipping on my back.
“And in a stroke of luck, there were other guests who were medical professionals who were on holiday, including a consultant.
“They helped to save me. I stayed in hospital for two days — but I survived. I didn’t drown, I know I didn’t drown.
“I had no underlying health problems, I was and am healthy. It was so scary it just happened.”
When Lisa returned home to England, she got checked out by her GP and her local hospital.
She said: “Everyone is at a loss to explain it. Some medics think it could have been electrocution.
“I was just flung back. It could have been cables in the water or something.
“I’m speaking out because I think there is something very troubling here.”
Documents seen by the Irish Sun on Sunday reveal that Lisa’s case is being probed by consultants who remain puzzled by her sudden collapse.
The documents highlight Andrew’s “almost identical” collapse two weeks earlier when he was “also resting in the water in exactly the same area”.
Lisa’s exact diagnosis has yet to be determined but electrocution has been raised as a possibility.
One recent letter between medics says: “We need to fully investigate things here in view of this near sudden death although the exact diagnosis remains unclear.”