Back to one boat for last weekend but we were a bit lucky to go anywhere at all. The weather Friday was very rough but we had foreseen this and planned to go Saturday when the sea was supposed to have come down. In fact the forecast was pretty accurate and although it was a bumpy ride, we’ve been out in worse. The trip out was enlivened with an encounter with several thousand migrating cormorants. They were flying almost at sea level and we seriously disturbed the formation driving through but if we’d waited for a gap, we’d still be there now.
Getting there we found we had company. A cargo vessel had anchored no more than 100m from the wreck – presumably they don’t keep their charts very up-to-date.
Compared to last week, the viz had deteriorated (hardly surprising given the strong winds since then) and the fish life was a bit sparser but there were still plenty of barracuda, a few batfish and some eagle rays seen by a few lucky divers (from which you’ll gather I wasn’t one of them). In truth this was more of a wreck dive than a natural history expedition. We had a brief look into the engine room but Brian Lugg, first down the line, discovered that the ship’s sewage system still held a few unpleasant surprises and we beat a hasty retreat. We did find a couple a fire extinguishers and – purely in the interests of science of course – we managed to establish that they still work.
Chris head and his friend Richard took the time out from DSDC to come diving with us. You may recall his memorable demonstration of re-breather diving without all the hoses connected a few weeks ago, so we were keenly anticipating a similar educational experience. In that we were disappointed, but that’s not to say that everything went to plan. Our very own Mike Anthony executed an almost faultless backward entry, the only tiny flaw being that his fins were still in the boat. Ten dirhams sir!
It might have been more but for Mike’s hard work on the boat resulting in steering that now works properly and two engines that didn’t miss a beat. After that it was back to the club for a few glasses of decompression fluid. A good day all round.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.