Slightly belatedly, we got 2019 up and running with a trip to the Jumbo. It was a full compliment of eight divers on SP125 and we were probably lucky there wasn’t more as SP312 is still undergoing repairs and is therefore unavailable. It’s never nice to turn people away.
It was an uneventful trip out to the site, although both air and sea temperatures have taken a turn for the cooler since late December when we last got out. Fleeces are strongly recommended above water (particularly in the morning) and 5mm wetsuits below it.
Despite the poor to middling visibility, we all had reasonable dives. There were countless snappers as usual on the Jumbo as well as the odd batfish, barracuda and a moses sole. A couple of the pairs saw a torpedo ray and Nick and I ran into a sea snake near the stern. A few pictures from Cara’s Go-Pro video are attached.
For the second dive we decided to visit Karen’s Dhow in the expectation of bringing back a bit of glassware. The only problem was that even though we landed close to the zero coordinate, the wreck couldn’t be found. This despite a reasonably thorough circular search. Polly did spot some cutlery sets, indicating we weren’t too far away but of the dhow – no sign. After some discussion we headed instead to the nearby No-prop (née Big-prop) Dhow. Same result. It could be that the winter storms have battered the timber dhows out of existence although the engine blocks should have still been there unless they were buried. It could also be that for some reason, we were in the wrong place. We won’t give up entirely and another search in better viz might relocate the wrecks. Let’s hope so.
After that it was back to the club and a generous quantity of decompression fluid.
Ali Fikree has posted on WhatsApp, some photos of a new wreck he and some others have found off Fujeirah. Ali reports that the wreck is not recent, at least 50m long and split in two. He has been in touch with the Hydrographic Office who were unable to shed any light on its identity. We will keep an update on this as any new wreck is always a welcome find for the history Log.
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