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Something different to do in these lock down days. If you are a fan of podcasts listen to these at http://www.casefilepodcast.com
Case file no 41 Tina Watson This concerns Tina Watson who died while while diving the wreck Yongala off the coast of Townsville in 2003. Her husband was charged with her murder. A fascinating and protracted investigation.
Case file no 133 Tom & Eileen Lonergan. These American divers were left on the Great Barrier Reef some years later. The negilgence here was quite breathtaking.
I have just dived on this wreck again. The last time was 20 years ago. It is billed as being in the top 5 dive wrecks in the world and it does not disappoint. In 1996 I was on a live aboard there for 2 days and we left from Townsville. The trip out to the wreck is at least 2 hours. This time I dived with Yongala Dive who are based in Alva Beach and from there it is an easy 40m to the wreck. Alva Beach is 16 k from Ayr which is around 1 and half hours south of Townsville.
I had 2 dives: magnificent varietyof tropical sea life. The wreck is at depths of between 25-33 m( about). At least 15 m viz and water temps about 20C. Yongala Dive’s web site has some good photos if you are interested. I would return again but not leave it 20 years this time.
Just go back from 2 30m dives just off the Sharks Tooth in Kaikoura. Viz was good at around 6-8m. To my surprise we only saw 2 crayfish neither big enough to take, also not another takeable fish in sight. So from this I have deducted that our recent storms have done a great deal of damage to our underwater environment and will take a while to recover.
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