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A majestic wreck was destroyed in the Chuuk Lagoon

Human stupidity, lack of imagination, responsibility and absolutely zero respect for historical heritage, led to the destruction on one of the most characteristic wrecks, sunk in the legendary Chuuk Lagoon – “Fujikawa Maru”. The whole matter was reported via his social media by renowned photographer Greg Piper. The famous wreck of the plane “Claude”, located
Published: May 20, 2019 - 15:34
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:13
A majestic wreck was destroyed in the Chuuk Lagoon

Human stupidity, lack of imagination, responsibility and absolutely zero respect for historical heritage, led to the destruction on one of the most characteristic wrecks, sunk in the legendary Chuuk Lagoon “Fujikawa Maru”. The whole matter was reported via his social media by renowned photographer Greg Piper.

The famous wreck of the plane “Claude”, located in the hold of the “Fujikawa Maru”, whose tail was standing proudly up above the wreck, has been irretrievably destroyed. According to local guides, one of the divers decided to take a picture of himself sitting on the tail, which eventually led to its collapse.

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Through behaviour for which it is hard to find the right words in the vocabulary of civilised people to describe, the diving community lost an artefact that had stood on the seabed for 75 years and was known as one of the most photogenic aircraft wrecks.

As you can see, learning to dive should not only focus on the details of diving itself, but also include elements that make up for the deficiencies in general education and upbringing. Things that were once unthinkable, today, unfortunately, are less and less surprising. A sign of the times. All that remains is sadness, anger and helplessness.

Photo: Greg Piper

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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