A word from Jim about Marion’s progress:
“Marion is improving day by day. She has much better mobility in her arms, legs and torso - but still has weakness generally. She is receiving phsiotherapy and Sara, Alex and myself are now trainee physios!!!! She is quite talkative, but memory remains an issue, both short and long term with some confusion. However the MRI does show areas of damage to her brain, particularly related to coordination, vision and location/spatial awareness, so there is still a long way to go in terms of rehab.”
She is now in the female medical ward at Sheikh Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Alissar is currently out of the country so anyone wanting to visit please contact Nancy Wakeham on 050 - 4560152.
On Friday (yesterday as I write) we finally made it out to the Neptune and Jumbo. The last couple of attempts had to be aborted due to the sea state. It wasn’t exactly flat calm this time but we made reasonable progress out to the site and hooked the wreck at the second time of asking. The Neptune is an upturned barge that was involved in a collision with a drilling rig and sank whilst under tow back to Sharjah. There are several ways into the wreck including a nice swim through. Within this there are a couple of passageways for possible future exploration but with reels only – the viz reduces rapidly once inside. Near the entrance there was a friendly family of batfish that came up to see us.
The Jumbo is only a couple of kms from the Neptune. It was lost for a number of years but it turned up on the same list of underwater obstructions with which we found Karen’s dhow and the Bigprop. It is a cargo vessel lying on its port side but fairly broken up. It is an interesting dive but it can be confusing in bad viz. This time the viz was good and there is plenty of fish life including yet more friendly batfish. This was the first time we’d dived the Jumbo since the “perfect storm” back in January but mercifully there was to be no repeat of that particular experience.
Eid Al Fitr is rapidly approaching and we may well take a boat out on Wednesday which should be either day 1 or day 2 of the holiday depending on when the moon is spotted. Decisions will be taken on Tuesday night at the club.
Finally quote of the week (in fact possibly the decade). A certain lady instructor and former 406 diving officer known to many of us had generously volunteered to jump into the sea to remove a green cloth bag that had wrapped itself around one of the props. This achieved, she was being assisted back into the boat without bothering with the ladder. This wasn’t so successful and she cried out: “You’ll have to pull harder – I can’t get my leg over!” Ken’s thoughts are not recorded.
The dive bar is open Tuesday night as normal. See you there!
Ian Hussey and guest writers.