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Red Sea Wrecks
in a short time. Was the Numidia a and all vessels have RIB support.
victim of them? Recreational divers are unable
to reach the prop at 80m but the
The Numidia lay stricken on the stern mast base is nearer 40m by
shallow reef for several weeks while aft hold number three. There is
attempts were made to re-float much fine soft coral on the wreck,
her. All of the crew and most of the which thankfully, unlike other
cargo were safely removed. James popular sites, has not suffered from
Tulloch was largely held to blame inappropriate ‘tying on’ of lines.
and had his Officers Certificate
suspended for nine months, The engine room is where you’ll see
although he could still work as the steam cylinders and stairways
a rating. John Craig received leading to the lower areas and is
no punishment after the courts definitely worth a visit. Much of the
findings were that his instructions wreck is open and easy to swim
were given but not made good by around in near the light zones,
James Tulloch. but be aware of disorientation or
veering off into dark and enclosed
The ship eventually broke in two and today stretches from the areas without proper training and equipment.
shallows down to over 80m deep. It is incredible to see that the ship
hit the reef at its narrowest point of only twenty meters wide. A minor Apart from the bow, now broken and embedded in the shallow reef,
deviation on either side would have seen Numidia glide gracefully the wreck as a whole is intact and in good condition considering the
by avoiding doom. But then again, what fun would that be for wreck 108 years its been down there. Grey reef and occasionally thresher
divers! sharks can be seen at the deeper depths along with plenty of trevally
and barracuda.
The Numidia is a vertical wreck now, so it is best to reach the
maximum depth and multi-level your way back, taking in all the fine The Numidia is at the narrow North end of Big Brother where currents
features from stern to bow. can be strong, so do your safety stop a little further around where
you can ascend in calmer waters. In any event, it will be the RIB that is
Depths depend on your qualifications and experience. All diving here likely to pick you up. The golden rule in this area is to listen carefully
requires surface support because of strong currents and the potential to the briefing and be seen and heard on the surface.
The Red Sea just got a whole lot better!
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