On 21-25 May 2021 members of TOPR took Diving training in Morskie Oko. The aim of the rescuers was to practice diving to the depth of 40 meters using T-Reb sidemount rebreathers. On this occasion, they also managed to take more pictures of the beautiful wreck of the Syrena boat.
The classes were conducted by external instructors. A certain impediment during the trainings was the fact that the water temperature did not exceed 4°C, which was due to the rather cold spring and the long-lasting ice on the surface of the pond. Trainings on TOPR’s T-Reb unit will continue – we can read on the association’s official social media profile
Undoubtedly, the wreck of the Syrena boat became famous for the first time at the end of November 2020. It was then that the photographs of Sławek Paćko, who took them during a training course for TOPR divers, hit the net. They immediately captivated internet users and became the hit of the day! After all, wrecks in lakes or seas are something completely natural, but in Morskie Oko!
The mermaid has had its years. Because the vessel (not the wreck) is almost a century old. In the past, the boat traversed the Morskie Oko Lake, allowing tourists to commune with the wonderful and wild nature of the Tatra Mountains. It is worth mentioning that in the past such attractions as sailing a boat in the mountains were something common.
TOPR divers discovered the wreck of the Syrena boat six years ago. However, it was only the photographs taken by Sławek last autumn that allowed this information to be pushed into the public consciousness.
It is not known in what circumstances the Syrena sank. However, it happened in the 1930s, while the last vessels disappeared from the Polish Tatra Mountains shortly after the war. Today, both sailing and diving in the mountainous areas is forbidden. The only exceptions for diving are TOPR (Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service) exercises and scientific research.
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