Randy Jordan found WWII era airplane wreck off Jupiter
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Randy and some tech diver friends have been investigating a WWII era airplane wreck they found earlier this week. It was discovered at 185' depth, about 4 miles East of Jupiter. Some are speculating it could be one of the 5 lost Avengers from Flight 19.
Pretty cool discussions on Spearboard and on Emerald's Facebook page.
Here's another video of the tech divers taking measurements.
I deleted the second video and updated with this one because there was a double clip in it:
What an awesome find. Hopefully they are able to figure out the story behind the plane. Someone needs to run a magnetometer over the area and see if there are any other planes around. If it was the squadron they would all be pretty close together. Of course this plane could have also just been dumped off a ship to dispose of it.
The ropes on the prop, are they from fishing nets or something else?
Not to be too picky but I sure wouldn't use the term "tech diver" for a guy diving a single tank (Albeit with a pony) and I didn't see a stage bottle, to 185' with a snorkel? Split fins are not used by any tech divers I know either.
The ropes are lobster trap lines; a trap is shown near the engine.....all the tech divers I know would recognize the black lines and wooden box as a lobster trap..
As for the gear choices...I just got that Scuba Pro Bc off the classified section of this board....I didn't feel like switching out the radio and all other accessories to the BP/W just because I was carry a slung deco bottle (which was, heaven forbid; on the RIGHT side)...... As for the snorkel...
And the fins... one guy has split fins and a big ass scooter and the other has long fiberglass freedive fins and a big ass. ...Does it really matter?
Thanks! That little Go Pro camera with a Mako flat lens is pretty incredible.
We dove late in the day, the surface visibility was only like 30 feet so it was kinda dark at depth, yet it came out pretty well. If you look closely, there is a small distortion near the center of the image. I suspect the camera housing is flexing inward and contacting the internal round lens. 185 is kinda pushing the depth limits for that housing.
Last edited by dumpsterDiver; December 25th, 2011 at 02:30 PM.
And I guess if there is to be a debate on tech diving I am sure schubasteve will be along as he was one of the divers.
It should be pointed out that the two videos shown were not shot on the same day, same boat or the same group of divers for that matter. Randy, myself Phil and Dave DeBerard found the wreck on Tuesday 12/20. The news is like, 'they were out on a regular scuba dive'... not really. We were on a planned tech dive with doubles and stage tanks and setup to go to 185' properly- We have all been trained in deco procedures and extended range . As you can see in the second video, not everyone dives with the same equipment or level of preparation. There is no such thing as scuba police right? so anyone can dive however they feel... I would also point out that I reserve the right NOT to dive with folks geared up in single tanks for a 185' dive. If you’re interested in this dive, its SWEET! Get the proper training and equipment and come explore the deep end for a change
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