Shipping & Shipbuilding News
- 14 May 2007 - The Brightest Maritime Daily
Rescue drama as divers get into
difficulties on wreck dive
Shipping on the Clyde stands still as two men are rescued.
Two divers were rescued and treated from the bends as they got into
difficulties whilst exploring the wreck of the Swedish motorship AKKA
off Dunoon on the Clyde.
Largs lifeboat took one of the men to the Hyperbaric Chamber on the
Island of Cumbrae but the other was deemed to be in a worse condition
and was airlifted from the boat by Naval Rescue Helicopter and taken
to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
It is thought that one of the men may have got into difficulty and his
diving partner panicked.
The photo was taken by John Newth of Dunoon as he crossed on the local
ferry SOUND OF SCARBA shows the container vessel PHILLIP standing off
as the rescue got underway on Sunday afternoon.
The AKKA is a popular wreck for divers as she is one of the best
preserved and the largest fully submerged wreck in the Clyde. She sank
within minutes on 9th of April 1956 after striking the infamous
Gantock Rocks. Her rudder had failed to respond. Three men died in the
tragedy and a further three died after being taken to hospital.
The 5400 ton iron ore carrier was built at Gotaverken, Sweden
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