Archive | November, 2010

Shipwreck Update – 2nd Attempt Required

30 Nov

After numerous man hours of underwater work this weekend the rear and heaviest section of the wreck floated 1-2 meters off the ground.  The front and lighter portion was still lodged in the sand.  We did move the wreck 5 meter to the west.  We are confident that on the 2nd attempt this week with a few more barrels and a strong and patient boat, we will be able to float the wreck off the beach.

The party and bonfire at Aquasport was great.  Thanks to the Playa Hermosa community for coming out and showing their support. Now we have an excuse to have  “Shipwreck Party – Attmept 2″!

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Shipwreck Recovery Work Schedule and Sunday’s Party!

26 Nov

Friday afternoon at 2pm (Today), the CondoFish team will begin attaching the hard-wear and ropes to the wreck so that the 20-30 55 gallon drums can be attached.  If all goes according to plan, all of the barrels should be attached and resting underwater by the end of Saturday.

Shipwreck Party

Sunday afternoon we should have the barrels filled with air and the wreck afloat by 3pm.    Upon towing to the Artificial reef site and re sinking, we hope to be back at AquaSport enjoying casados and cervezas by 4-4:30pm.

There will be T-shirts for sale and bonfire on the beach in celebration.

Pura Vida!

 

Phase 1 Shipwreck Recovery – Success

21 Nov

This Saturday, November 20th, the first phase of the 70 foot shipwreck recovery in Playa Hermosa was completed.  After 3 hours of difficult underwater work, in low visibility and turbulent conditions, the wreck piece surfaced.  This first part of the boat wreck needed nine air filled 55 gallons barrels to float.  The CondoFish team used 14 air tanks for SCUBA diving and filling the sunken barrels with air.   Shortly after, the team and the floating piece was towed across Hermosa bay and re-sunk at Condofish where it now serves as a new fish apartment building.   For more about this recovery operation, see  Shipwreck in Hermosa Bay

Thank you Diving Safaris for the technical help, people, diving gear and providing the 14 air tanks.

Also a special thanks to Aqua Sport for giving us an excellent headquarters and serving tasty casados.

Now for Phase 2!  This week we will  begin prepping the larger section of the wreck for flotation and movement.

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Shipwreck in Hermosa Bay

16 Nov

6 weeks ago, a boat in the bay of Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste caught fire.  The wreck was towed to the shore line where it now sits partially buried in the sand.   Unfortunately, the owner nor the municipality’s marine division has the capability to move it off of the beach.  It’s protrusion from the water and the sea floor has created a hazard for swimmers and local boats.  One part of the wreck pokes above the water while the large main part of the wreck is down around 12-14 feet underwater.  The municipality officially contacted the Playa Hermosa Association and the Artificial Reef Project (CondoFish) for help.

The CondoFish team has agreed to raise the entire wreck from the sea floor and float it to the location of the artificial reef then sink it alongside the project’s perimeter.   It’s an incredible task that will require multiple SCUBA divers, 20  55 gallon drums, a custom welded assembly built from construction re-bar, over 30 tanks of air and numerous volunteers and towing craft.  Diving Safaris and Green Life Academy have already volunteered to aid in the project.  And the reef team will handle most of the diving and construction.

The operation will be likely take about 4 days of work, and will begin this coming Saturday November 20th and commence with the final floating and towing of the main section on the next Sunday the 28th. We will be gathering volunteers and hope to do a celebration event for the final day. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

If you’d like to support the project, the easiest way is make donation using Paypal or to buy a t-shirt.  They’re currently $15 and all proceed go to support the the reef project and the Hermosa Association.


To see the shirt design and how to buy one: CLICK HERE

To see how to donate using Paypal: CLICK HERE

Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef Project

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