A few items from the Dive Marshall’s checklist: O2 bottle, O2 set, first aid kit, boat keys (quick turn of engines), blue and/or green folder, full complement of divers…Ok launch the boat! The servant among you might notice what’s missing namely…bungs. These small but vital components were unaccountably neglected until – anchored on the Dara – we noticed the stern a bit lower in the water than it ought to be. The lights went on very rapidly at this point and having plugged the holes underwater and retrieved Geoff and Richard from the water, we shifted the weight forward and headed back to Hamriyah.
Once on the boat was on the plane there was no real problem
although the coastguard was a bit surprised to see us back so quickly. We also got the boat out of the water despite the “help” of some guy who appeared from somewhere, gesturing to me (towing) where the slip was in case I hadn’t noticed and then trying to point out to Geoff (boat handling) where the trailer was in case he couldn’t see it. I had to threaten violence to keep his fingers away from the winch.
It took an hour to drain the boat but since it was still only 11 o’clock we decided to go back for another go. The Dara is only 10 minutes out of Hamriyah on a flat sea so this was possible. The Neptune would have been a different story. After all this the diving may seem a little anti-climatic. Apart from a very large turtle that swam off after a few seconds there was nothing remarkable to report and the viz was extremely average. Nevertheless a day to remember!
Geoff is organizing a weekend on the Lejaine, a schooner operating out of RAK. Details are attached. Suggested (and available) weekends are 7/8 or 14/15 October. Please contact Geoff if you’re interested: email@example.com
Marion continues to improve and is talking and gaining strength although not equally in all limbs. A move to Dubai has been delayed due to complications and she’ll continue to appreciate visitors. Contact Nancy Wakeham on 050 – 4560152 if you
want to go.
The dive bar is open Tuesday night as normal. See you
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.