Yay! the weather is (finally) cooler now which means more comfortable diving conditions as the water is still warm.
On the 23rd a fast boat trip went to Musandam with Meryl, Jorg, Nasri, John and Nick. Beautiful diving conditions with little current, clear viz and lots of wildlife to see under the water. Despite reports to the contrary, there is still lots of live coral up on the pennisula with signs of new growth.
On 16 October, was a local dive trip to the Mariam and Jumbo. There is an interesting story concerning Derek and a weight belt. Something about falling on his head whilst asleep in the boat? Brendan and Heike plus David and Bill from DSDC dived the U533 a WW2 U-boat sunk on the east coast. The wreck is in 100m plus of water hence is for techies only but must have been a memorable dive.Heike has provided the following info about the trip:
“We had best conditions for this dive: No current, excellent viz and the anchor right next to it! Brendan and me went down together first and we were able to make a full round around it seeing all: the tower, the canon, the hit on its side with a torpedo sticking out on its hull etc. It was terrific! With 15 min. bottom time we had a 3 hours dive! Now I can claim to be the first woman who dove this wreck! By the way David Thrope who was diving with Bill found out that the day we were diving on it was actually the sad anniversary of the sub been sunk! Some info on the sub below! Unfortunately Bill's video failed! Big thanks goes to Bill Leemann from DSDC who found the wreck!”
Type IXC/40 Ordered
10 Apr 1941
17 Feb 1942
Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 351)
11 Sep 1942
25 Nov 1942
Oblt. Helmut Henning
25 Nov 1942 - 16 Oct 1943
Kptlt. Helmut Hennig
25 Nov 1942 - 30 Apr 1943 4. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943 - 16 Oct 1943 10. Flottille (front boat)
No ships sunk or damaged
Sunk 16 Oct, 1943 in the Gulf of Oman, in position 25.28N, 56.50E, by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (Sqdn. 244/O). 52 dead and 1 survivor
For the weekend of the 9th of October Cathy reports:
“Friday was fun we ended up as a party of nine (full boat again) and Brendan took the small boat to the east coast for a techie thingy. First dive on the Nasteran was pleasant with reasonable viz, nice shoal of quite large barracuda on the way down. We met Cheryl & Chris on the line coming back and while we were hanging around Chris was giving me some hand signals that I struggled to understand, thought these must be some that I hadn't memorised during training. Turns out he was trying to have a game of paper, scissors, stone.”
And Brendan says:
“We did a 90m tech dive to the Anita on Friday. The original plan was to dive the Ines, but the US Navy were parked topside. Conditions on the Anita were brilliant, no current, nice seas, great viz. We could see the wreck from 55m, the top of the wreck is about 80m. A pair of large Dorados kept us company the entire 1 ½ hours of deco.”
The Friday trip to the Bigpro and Jumbo on the 2nd resulted in an unsuccessful search for the prop on the bigprop dhow and some remora getting up close and personal - thanks to Brian for this information!
The underwater beach clean on Saturday the 3rd at Al Khan (behind the aquarium) was a success. A total of 14 divers, 6 of whom were 406. Not only that but Gordon was interviewed for the local telly in front of a SWDC BSAC 406 wheel cover which can’t us any harm (depending on what he said of course!). Gordon will be signing autographs at the club on Tuesday. Thanks to those who took part.
Get into it!! (the water that is)