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The sinking of the ferry Antonio, or the underwater parking in Albania

We are used to the fact that absolutely anything can be found at the bottom of the sea. In fact, we are limited only by human imagination and the unpredictability of fate. Some of these unusual and uncommon things are found underwater on purpose, e.g. when creating artificial reefs or “disposing” of useless constructions, while
Published: June 26, 2011 - 10:27
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 07:17
The sinking of the ferry Antonio, or the underwater parking in Albania

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We are used to the fact that absolutely anything can be found at the bottom of the sea. In fact, we are limited only by human imagination and the unpredictability of fate. Some of these unusual and uncommon things are found underwater on purpose, e.g. when creating artificial reefs or “disposing” of useless constructions, while another group consists of objects that the sea took without asking anyone’s permission, because simply – the sea can.

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This time the tribute Poseidon wanted was the cargo of the Albanian ferry Antonio, sailing from Kerkyra to Saranda. The vessel, which was carrying people and cars, suffered engine failure and was pushed by the storm towards the shore of Hunda a Kunge, where it hung on the rocks and remained for the next few days. After the crew moored the vessel, the passengers were able to disembark safely, but the ferry began to sink after less than a week.

In 2009, the first dives were carried out to determine the exact resting place of the vessel and its cargo. Finding and identifying wrecked cars helped to find the place where the Antonio sank. In June this year the ferry was found by our compatriot Rafał Górecki. Below we present you a gallery from the mentioned search:

Searching for the ferry Antonio – gallery

Source and Photo: Grzegorz Deręgowski, divingalbania.pl

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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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