There were a couple of debutants last Friday: Rob on dive marshal duty and Derek towing the boat. As with PJ last weekend the boat got to the slip without trouble but Derek found, like PJ before him, that reversing a trailer can be a bit problematic until you’ve had some practice.
This week’s target was the Mullah 2, a recently discovered wreck off Umm al Quwain and about 32km north from Hamriyah. Geoff, although not diving after his recent hiking exertions, had generously agreed to drive the boat and we made reasonable time out to the wreck. Mike and Heike were first over the side and they secured the anchor on to the bow of the wreck. The rest of us followed down the line. The wreck is a cargo ship about which we know virtually nothing. Even the name was possibly invented by whoever found it. It lies upright in about 27m of water and doesn’t appear to be a deliberate sinking. There are a few artefacts still on the ship (although thickly encrusted with marine growth) that would have probably have been removed had the ship been sunk as an artificial reef. Also the upper sections seem to have been involved in a collision with something large at some time since the vessel went down.
The wreck is populated by a lot of snappers and some barracudas that were circling around. There are ways inside what may have been the crew quarters and there was what appeared to be an entrance to the engine room although the access was very tight making it an extremely hazardous penetration.
We elected to do another dive on the Mullah rather than go to the Tek (much smaller) or the Dara (dived many times). Second time around the current had picked up on the wreck (no surprise really – it was the spring tide) although not so much on the surface for some reason. This week’s award for observation goes to Rob and Derek who came up on a DSMB claiming that the anchor had moved. After a quick bounce dive to free it, Heike was able to confirm that it was still hooked in the same place. Prescription lenses next time guys?
Thanks to Mike’s toil and (a lot of) sweat, the engines of 125 are almost back together and the boat ready to roll once again. All we need are some divers to put in it...
Ian Hussey and guest writers.