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The IXth SANTI Expedition to Find the Eagle begins - video

This Wednesday, 4 March, the ninth SANTI Finding Eagle expedition will set off from the Danish port of Thyboron. The main objective is to find the wreck of the legendary Polish ship ORP “Orzeł”, which was lost without news in June 1940. This year’s search will be carried out in cooperation with the Danish company
Published: March 3, 2020 - 12:15
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 19:23
The IXth SANTI Expedition to Find the Eagle begins – video

This Wednesday, 4 March, the ninth SANTI Finding Eagle expedition will set off from the Danish port of Thyboron. The main objective is to find the wreck of the legendary Polish ship ORP “Orzeł”, which was lost without news in June 1940. This year’s search will be carried out in cooperation with the Danish company JD Contractor and Sea War Museum Jutland.

For the Polish team, the seventh year of the search for the “Eagle” and another, ninth expedition has begun. This time it will be a special expedition, due to the participation of Gert Normann, founder of JD Contractor and the Sea War Museum in Thyboron, Denmark, with whom the team established cooperation in 2018.

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Santi album Finding the Eagle

So far the Friendly Fire hypothesis has been verified and the area associated with it has been surveyed 4 times by the Santi Find the Eagle team, the area listed as A3 has also been surveyed. This year the search in the North Sea will be carried out using the M/S VINA, a 77m long and 14m wide vessel owned by a Danish partner. The vessel is used for daily work in the North Sea and is fully equipped with, among other things, survay and a DP1 positioning system. The vessel is also adapted for work with divers. This is very important, because this year the SANTI Finding Eagle team will be checking unidentified objects indicated by JD Contractor, a company which works in the North Sea on a daily basis and has extensive knowledge of the wrecks there.

eagle - map - expedition routes

A 26-person Polish-Danish team will take part in the expedition. Eight people will set off from Poland to Denmark and they are mainly divers: Tomasz Stachura, Piotr Michalik, Łukasz Piórewicz, Marek Cacaj, Jacek Kapczuk, Piotr Lalik, Łukasz Pastwa, Jerzy Rudziński. They will set off for Denmark on Wednesday early morning so as to go to sea at night the same day. The return to the port in Thyboron is planned for Sunday.

“Apart from leading the search for our legendary ‘Eagle’, most of us are involved in diving on a daily basis. The North Sea hides many secrets and there are a lot of wrecks on its bottom, some of them are still unidentified vessels. We are glad that this time our activities will focus on identifying a few of them. During one of the previous expeditions we found the ship HMS Narhwal, maybe this time we will be able to dive on our Polish ship ORP “Orzeł” and confirm the reason for its disappearance.” – said Tomasz Stachura, expedition leader.

Gert Normann

“This year is the 80th anniversary of the disappearance of the ORP ‘Eagle’ ship, I very much hope that we can discover the ‘Eagle’ right now. Let me repeat once again, we are not giving up and we are looking for it until we do.” Stachura concludes.

Since its inception, the SANTI Finding the Eagle project has been financed by funds raised from sponsors and through the support of private individuals.

the Santi Odnlaze Eagle team

SANTI sp. z o.o. – main sponsor of the project:

SANTI is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diving equipment. In just a few years the company from Gdynia has transformed from a local manufacturer of diving suits into a brand with an established position on the global market of diving equipment in the world.

The company is present on all continents, selling to nearly 40 countries worldwide, including: the USA, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the main European markets. SANTI’s flagship products include dry diving suits and warmers. For several years SANTI has been actively involved in organising and supporting international research expeditions (e.g. Sedna, Under the Pole, Elysium) and searching for wrecks all over the world. This is how the project “SANTI – Finding the “Eagle”” was born, a project that aims to find the wreck and finally solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Polish ship.

Partners:

JD Contractor, Denmark
Sea War Museum Jutland Thyboron , Denmark

Sponsors:

Damen Shipyards Gdynia S.A.
DAGOTECH Sp. z o.o.

Patronage:

Mayor of the City of Gdynia
Polish Naval Museum in Gdynia
National Geographic

Source: Press release

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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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