After last weekend exploring the Sea King 5, we were keen to get back for another look. The idea was to take some measurements of the ship’s dimensions and depth and get a few more photos. Unfortunately the weather had the last word and with serious waves predicted, we decided not to risk it. Details of the wreck’s true location have gone to the UK Hydrographic Office who will add Sea King 5 to their charts. We are already known to the UKHO after the Ajman Glory episode and should get another credit for this discovery.
The sea conditions did have one benefit for divers at least – the following report appeared in some papers on Saturday:
“An Iranian cargo ship sank in UAE waters due to rough weather, while its crew of six was airlifted to safety by a rescue helicopter, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
The Al-Jasourah went down on Friday some 10 nautical miles off the coast of the northern emirate of Umm Al-Quwain soon after it had left the neighboring emirate of Sharjah, said Gulf News. Responding to a distress call, the Emirati coastguard deployed a helicopter to airlift the all-Iranian crew to safety, it said. The size of the ship and the nature of its cargo were unknown. The meteorological service in the United Arab Emirates had previously warned of high winds affecting coastal areas of the Gulf state for several days.”
Needless to say we’ll be trying to find it!
406 wasn’t entirely inactive over the weekend. Derek went over to the east coast where the conditions were much calmer and reported the following:
“Some of us… ie me only… went to Freestyle and dived Dibba rock on the Friday. Two good dives including a turtle and a few morays, one which took a shine to Max’s arm and gave him a bit of a fright. The rock cod and groupers were out in force and it was reasonable viz 5m , could have been better but has been in worse. The middle dive of the day was a classic case of how not to navigate. We saw lots of purple broccoli, a pipe fish , one Sherri, 4 star fish , a few shells and lots of sand- back to Nav school.
Then on the Saturday after a night of putting the world to rights with Freestyle Instructer Max, owner Andy and another couple plus some decompression juice and a bottle of famous grouse, a curry, a few hazy memories and a camp in a horizontal tent we headed to Inchcape 1. The viz was great – ethereal lighting almost- electric catfish in tyres , shoals of bream and yellow tailed fish? Plus a few nice Lion fish and our friend the sea horse has moved to the starboard side near the chain to the buoy. In fact we nearly missed it and a few of the newbees, ( some young ladies , didn’t notice the lads) took some persuading it was not sea weed.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.