Last Tuesday was Harry and Karen’s last fling in the Dive Club (for now at any rate) and we all had a few drinks to see him off. My memories of their previous leaving parties are a bit hazy but this one was good and we look forward to the next one!
At the weekend we got back out on the water. The initial target was Karen’s Dhow, which we dive quite a lot these days – there’s plenty of fish life and it’s nice to bring back some glassware for the mantelpiece. We hooked a bit of coral rather than the wreck itself but Mike D and Derek followed the right bearing (and field of debris) and found the wreckage.
For the second dive, we decided to investigate some co-ordinates we have been given courtesy of Mr Lugg. There are three targets close to the dhows so this seemed like a good opportunity. At the zero point, there was nothing visible on the echo sounder but trawling round we did indeed find something interesting on the seabed. Unfortunately, despite a couple of circular searches, nothing was found apart from a few stray bits of timber (part of another dhow?). Still, whatever it is won’t go away and we’ll be back sometime for another look.
One thing to note: when reporting in to the coastguard at Al Khan, he told me that in future only Emirates ID cards will be accepted as identification. Whether this will be enforced rigidly only time will tell.
One for the diary: a camp-out is planned for 27th April. Details to follow.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.