It was another calm day on the water on Friday which was handy as we had some wreck hunting to do. A cargo vessel / dhow had gone down in flames a week earlier and we’d acquired some (we hoped) reliable co-ordinates from contacts within Sharjah Port. That is something we won’t ignore as it’s always good to have new targets. In this case though, we spent over an hour doing search patterns without seeing anything other than flat seabed. At this point we decided to abandon the search for now and see if we could get better information.
Since we were only 2km from the Nasteran at this point we decided to dive that instead. The Nasteran is an upturned landing craft that never used to be very exciting. As time goes by and more openings appear in the hull there will be more places to explore inside the wreck.
We had a guest diver in the shape of Chris Head, my opposite number at DSDC. Chris had brought his re-breather along – possibly the first time we’ve had one on board a 406 boat. Chris explained a bit about the equipment including the importance of making sure all the hoses are properly connected. Get this wrong and the lung fills with water meaning that the hapless diver has no alternative but to climb back on board, drain the water out, mutter about being an idiot and a dickhead before rolling back in. We’re grateful to Chris for sharing his experience with us and we particularly enjoyed his practical demonstration.
Maybe we weren’t expecting much but the Nasteran was an excellent dive. There were five or six marble rays swimming around the vessel and a large shoal of barracuda that swept over the upturned hull. The viz was above average – say 6 or 7m – and we had a few excursions inside the wreck. PJ was out with us for the first time in a while so we’re looking forward to his new video (a small extract above).
For dive two we went to the Sha (aka Barracuda Barge) mainly because it was close and we haven’t dived it for a while. So long in fact that no-one could remember what it looked like. It’s actually a small barge split into two parts a short distance apart. It’s an attractive dive with well established fish life but not one that you’d travel a long way to visit. Still it made a change even if the water was beginning to feel a bit cold by the finish.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.