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Busy weekend for Ghost Diving Poland divers in the Baltic Sea

Published: June 18, 2023 - 16:04
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 02:35
Busy weekend for Ghost Diving Poland divers in the Baltic Sea
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The Polish branch of the Ghost Diving organization carried out cleanup actions at popular Baltic diving sites.

Members of Ghost Diving Poland do not waste time and work, even if the weather is not great. This time they took care of cleaning the area of the old Nazi-German Torpedo Factory, as well as the Baltic wrecks of the tug Fireman and Dredger.

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Divers extract nets with the help of lifting bags
Divers extract nets with the help of lifting bags Photo: Mariusz Czajka

 

We cleaned the well-known and much-loved diving site in Gdynia – Torpedo Factory, from most of the bottom traps lying there, the so-called beetles. We will send the excavated fishing nets for cleaning and reprocessing with the help of Healthy Seas! Ghost Diving Poland representatives reported on their official channel.

 

Torpedowaffenplatz Hexengrund

The old torpedo factory at Babie Doły is one of three similar facilities built by the Nazi-Germans in occupied Poland. They were built during World War II and served as military research centers and torpedo production facilities. Today, the ruined building is one of the popular Tri-City diving sites.

The building of the old torpedo factory is one of the most popular dive sites in the Tri-City
The building of the old torpedo factory is one of the most popular dive sites in the Tri-City Photo: Isadora Abuter Grebe

 

Nearby there is no shortage of all kinds of hidden nooks and crannies, which naturally encourages representatives of the local fauna to populate the place. Especially in spring, lovers of all forms of underwater life can encounter interesting species of fish here. Depending on the spot, the depth varies from 6 to 10 meters. For the most curious, the old building of the torpedo factory offers the opportunity to dive in semi-enclosed spaces. The debris of collapsed ceilings, pillars and steel elements has created a dark and mysterious maze of underwater tunnels. This is definitely a place worth visiting and more than once!

As you can see, cleaning up the Baltic Sea is also good fun
As you can see, cleaning up the Baltic Sea is also good fun Photo: Mariusz Czajka

Ghost Diving Poland and cleaning up the wrecks

In addition to the old Torpedo Factory at Babie Doły, the Ghost Diving Poland team also dealt with the wrecks of the Dredger and the tug Fireman.

Last weekend our divers had their hands busy! First, we extracted most of the nets lying on the wreck of the tug Fireman. Then we attempted to extract nets from the wreck of the Dredger near Hel. This dive also allowed us to collect the missing documentation. We will return to this wreck with a new work plan.

Unfortunately, dead fish entangled in ghost nets are a common sight
Unfortunately, dead fish entangled in ghost nets are a common sight Photo: Mariusz Czajka

 

Diving in the Baltic Sea, especially on beautiful wrecks, is undoubtedly a great pleasure. Unfortunately, such dives also carry certain dangers. One of the most serious are surely lost fishing nets, which often entangle the wrecks. Ghost nets pose a great danger to people and animals and, among others, Ghsot Diving Poland divers are working to deal with them.

After processing, the nets will be reused
After processing, the nets will be reused Photo: Isadora Abuter Grebe

 

Our mound of excavated nets is growing in eyes! Thanks to the support of Healthy Seas, the nets we have fished out go to strategic partners who clean, regenerate and recycle ghost nets into new, ecological products for everyday use.

Photo by Mariusz Czajka, Isadora Abuter Grebe

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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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