Mergulhadores malteses desarmaram o HMS Southwold

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Mergulhadores malteses desarmaram o HMS Southwold

Southwold

Picture: Heritage Malta.

Ghost-netting has been removed from one of Malta’s most notable technical wreck sites, the bow section of WW2 destroyer HMS Southwold.

The operation was carried out by a team of six scuba divers from Heritage Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit (UCHU) and the local ATLAM Dive Club. Formerly Malta Subaqua Club, this was Malta’s earliest scuba-diving club, established in 1955.

The 65m-deep wreck site lies 1.5 miles off Malta’s south-eastern coast at Marsascala. HMS Southwold quebrou-se em dois e afundou em 24 de março de 1942 após atingir uma mina, matando um oficial e quatro tripulantes.

A proa tem cerca de 40m de comprimento e fica a estibordo. A seção vertical de popa de 28m parou a cerca de 300m de distância.

The abandoned net was lifted clear of the wreck and raised for disposal. The operation was part of a wider ghost-net clearance project being undertaken at various wreck sites around the Maltese islands.

23 de Janeiro de 2021

“Apart from contributing to the preservation of our submerged cultural heritage, such operations also reap environmental benefits,” says Heritage Malta.

“Today, marine pollution is on the rise, and understanding its impacts on the environment is a priority. The elimination of ghost-gear is an integral part of protecting the marine environment.”

An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing-gear is discarded in the oceans every year, entangling marine-life attracted to wreck sites and also threatening the safety of divers.

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