Girl Beats Boys to Pluck Cross From Water

January 9, 2010

TIRANA (Reuters) — A 16-year-old Albanian girl broke with tradition by retrieving a cross from the bottom of a wintry Ionian Sea ahead of a dozen boys and men diving for it as part of a male-only Orthodox ceremony.

Katerina Munguli plunged several meters to pick up the metal cross on Wednesday to the surprise and delight of the crowd and the priests near the pier of Kakome Bay, which faces Greece’s holiday island of Corfu, an official said.

“It was a cold day and she competed with several boys and men. The cross was metallic and it went down to the bottom, quite several meters down,” Vladimir Kumi, the chairman of the local council, who co-organized the ceremony, said by telephone.

“We were all happy a girl got it. She is the youngest of four sisters and behaves a bit like a boy,” he added.

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