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Body and Wreck Recovery in 67 MSW

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by Ghattas, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Ghattas

    Ghattas Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Everywhere
    This is in relation to Emiliano Sala's downed aircraft in the English channel. The wreck and a body has been discovered on the seabed using a submersible vessel. Note the footage showing depth at "-67.7" (I assume in meters not feet).

    Emiliano Sala: Body found in search for missing footballer - CNN

    Recovery operation on trimix feasible? Any predictions?
  2. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
    200ish FSW? And vis looks decent.. yea, the insurance company is gonna want to get a look at that close up to try and see what really happened.
  3. Vicko

    Vicko Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Croatia
    Body recovery should not be a problem. Salvage operation in the English channel might be problematic depending on the position of the wreck and shiping lanes. Currents there can be brutal wreck divers are often drifting for miles during deco.
  4. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    The linked article says:
    “....David Mearns, a marine scientist leading the private search team hired by Sala's family, said the wreckage of the plane had been located by sonar equipment at a depth of about 63 meters within the first couple of hours of starting Sunday's search. Experts on the larger vessel -- Geo Ocean III -- used by the air investigators confirmed it was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft....”
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  5. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    Interesting that it’s a US registered aircraft? I like the Malibu, it’s a proven platform for a qualified pilot.
  6. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
  7. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    It is registered in the US, if it were registered in the UK it would have a G- number. It is a US registered aircraft with a foreign owner, apparently operating in the UK. Which is a bit strange, bug smashers don't normally cross the pond, so you don't see US registered ones outside of the Americas.
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  8. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    True, good point. Strange.
  9. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    I'm not too familiar with the weather patterns in the Channel. So due to it being winter, will the salvage process have to be postponed until late spring for good weather and currents?
  10. Russjstewart

    Russjstewart Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne
    If you can be callous enough to go past the human tragedy involved in this incident the interesting thing is that there is an absolute truck load of money involved. The transfer fee to be paid by Cardiff to Nantes, over three years, was reported at $A27M.
    Body found in missing star’s plane wreck

    I suspect a lot of fingers will be pointed.

    David Mearns also located the WW2 wreck of HMASSydney in 2,486 metres of water

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