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New wreck found in the Red Sea!

According to the latest information coming from Egypt, a new wreck has been discovered in the Red Sea. The Red Sea Explorers team, checking information from local fishermen, located a previously unknown vessel, located in the limits of technical diving, near the island of Gubal. During dives on 21-22 January 2018, members of the Red
Published: February 12, 2018 - 15:46
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:26
New wreck found in the Red Sea!

According to the latest information coming from Egypt, a new wreck has been discovered in the Red Sea. The Red Sea Explorers team, checking information from local fishermen, located a previously unknown vessel, located in the limits of technical diving, near the island of Gubal.

During dives on 21-22 January 2018, members of the Red Sea Explorers diving group discovered a previously unknown wreck. It is a commercial vessel with two masts, carrying a cargo of pipes. The vessel measures approximately 80-110 metres long and 15-20 metres wide. It lay on the bottom tilted to starboard, with the bow pointing north.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”On 21 January we traced the wreck thanks to the apparatus on our vessel. Unfortunately, currents and surface conditions made it difficult to successfully hook up to the wreck. Nevertheless, we decided to dive. The view of the massive structure we found for days was magnificent. On 22 January we returned for another dive to take a closer look at the sunken vessel and make an identification. Unfortunately, problems in reaching the wreck only allowed us to explore for 15 minutes.”[/blockquote]

The discoverers of the new wreck believe that the two-masted vessel, which lies at the entrance to the Gulf of Suez at a depth of between 62 and 76 metres, may have sunk between the late 1950s and early 1970s. This is suggested by the layer of sediment and numerous broken pieces of net and fishing tackle.

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Unfortunately, it is not only the depth that determines the level of difficulty of this dive. In the location where the wreck rests there are strong currents and visibility is very poor. Another difficulty is the traffic on the surface. Summing up all the above factors, the exploration of the vessel will be possible only for experienced and properly prepared technical divers.

According to Red Sea Explorers representatives, diving and further investigation of the wreck will continue on future dives. So we can expect more details about this vessel to be released soon.

Source: thescubanews.com Photo: Red Sea Explorers

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