Sunday, January 20, 2008

UK to Install "Underwater Eye" on HMS Scylla

From the country that brought us Big Brother and one of the most extensive video surveillance networks in the world, comes a live visual feed to a sunken warship off south east Cornwall.

The anchor from the HMS Scylla will have monitors acting as an "underwater eye" to the wreck 23m (75ft) below the surface in Whitsand Bay.

The decommissioned Royal Navy frigate was sunk in a controlled explosion in March 2004 to become Europe's first artificial diving reef.

The anchor will become an attraction at Plymouth's railway station.

Thousands of divers have visited the artificial reef since 2004.

The ship was built in 1968, weighs 2,500 tonnes and is 113m (370ft) long.
She was bought by the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth in 2004 with £200,000 provided by the South West Regional Development Agency.

Interesting. Well, that's one way to give scuba divers their 15-minute bottom time of fame!

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