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Dive Trip Report to: West Palm Beach - Rampage ,
Purpose: To Watch the Sinking of a Wreck - and then dive it!

Dive Reports:

On Sunday, 15-Dec-2002, a select few divers were aboard the SS Dive Ship Rampage out of West Palm Beach for the morning dive. We witnessed the sinking of a 180 foot freighter , the M.V. Thozina from Panama. It's the 4th one this year in this area. She was positioned between two other wrecks and sunk in 90 feet of water. It took about 10 minutes for the water to get to the initial level shown in this movie. And, 10 minutes after this movie ended, this group of divers were in the water and headed down for the first look at this new wreck. 11 Meg Movie , Dive Trip Report tbd
Pictures: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10

Dive #1: . My Dive #419
A. Dive Boat / Location: Rampage / Near Double Ledges
B. Conditions:
Visibility: 40 ft (poor due to the ship's sinking
Seas: 1 to 2 ft with a 5 to 6 ft swell
Water Temp: 73 - still divable!
Skies: Sunny, Clear Blue Sky's - Typial of Florida!!
Air Temp: 70's with a breeze - Getting Chilly
C. Dive Information:
Depth & Time: Me: Genesis Nitrox Dive Computer - 75 ft for 37 min, PO2 1.14, 35% NITROX
Air consumption: Me: (120 cu ft),
Current: Medium. The current took the ship initially when she was being anchored.
Description: Well, Capt Bob said that Sunday would be a good day to dive. I hadn't been wet for a while and decided to go down to West Palm. Saturday night, Capt Bob said to come down at 9 instead of 7, there was going to be a ship sinking. Well, we had about 6 divers and more newspaper people and photographers on board. I hooked up with the Kim's from Orlando - one a 100 dive newbee to diving this year and a just certified diver. Capt Bob took the Mighty Rampage out and we motored around the M.V. Thozina. There was a tug moving the ship into position and then they dropped one anchor. The ship moved in the current. The tug pulled it back into position - dragging the anchor. The second anchor was dropped and the plugs pulled. There were several 2 ft by 3 ft squares in the side of the ship covered with plywood. The ply was pulled and she took on water (see pics above). It took about 20 minutes to get to the spot where the movie starts above. She then sunk in minutes. Right after the ship went down, we started to get ready to dive her. There were already three such ships down - the Shasha, St. Jacques and the Thozina. This now makes the fourth ship. I believ they are called the "Governer's Walk" for the Governer of Florida sponsoring the wreck / reef's.
We jumped in and came across one previously sunk ship. There was a lot fo baracudda on the bottom - a lot more than you would normally see. And, they were on the bottom - cuda usually are up above the ships! The current was pretty strong and I had to help my buddies get to the ship. One dive partner was having problems clearing and getting to the bottom. The current was taking them past the first wreck. I motioned to the dive master to tie off the ball so the divers above could hold onto the ball line and pull themselves to the bottom. We looked around for a few minutes and then broke loose and went with the current towards the new wreck. It took a few minutes to see it and we almost went by it. We came to the ship where the stern bridge meets the hold. The hold was filled with a brownsh low vis water, probably from rust and water. We did not go down the hold. I went up and into the bridge. One Kim came with me and the newbie diver stayed outside. We looked around some and worked our way towards the stern. With a Kim running low on air, up we went. This was a once in a lifetime dive.

Dive #2: . My Dive #420
A. Dive Boat / Location: Rampage / South Yellow Tail
B. Conditions:
Visibility: 40 ft
Water Temp:
Skies: Sunny, Clear Blue Sky's - Typial of Florida!!
Air Temp: 70's with a breeze - Getting Chilly
C. Dive Information:
Depth & Time: Me: Genesis Nitrox Dive Computer - 63 ft for 54 min, 32% NITROX, PO2 1.01
Air consumption: Me: (120 cu ft),
Description: Didn't write down any notes!!

Last Updated: 01-Jan-2003

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