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New Wreck Discovered Near Crow Rock

Submitted by admin on 2010-10-12

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A new wreck was discovered last week by some Cardiff BSAC divers while originally trying to locate a different wreck, the MV Balholm. The search for the MV Balholm was done using a new piece of sonar equipment, and while in the process of trying to find the MV Balholm they came across something else, the side-scan sonar picked up on an object on the sea floor near Linney Head, at Crow Rock.

The divers headed down to see what the sonar had picked up on and were surprised when they came across the wreck of a fishing boat. The fishing boat in question, by the name of Kerloch was reported to look 'brand new', prompting the divers to report the find to the coastguard and MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch), a UK based organization that investigates maritime incidents.

It was then reported to the divers that this new wreck was the result of an incident back in February 2010.

While the materials of the wreck appeared to be in good condition, reports from one of the divers suggest that the wreck itself is quite damaged and lies in a tidal area. The 17 meter long wreck lies at a depth of only 15 meters and consists of a wooden hull with fibreglass and aluminium super-structure.

Marine life is still absent from the wreck for the most part due to the fact that it is merely months old, but the locals are hoping that in the near future various marine growth and fish will be willing to make the Kerloch their home, though with that said- the location of the wreck makes it a prime target for damaging storms which will likely leave the wreck in bad condition over the upcoming years.


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