Seli 1 wreck - mother nature has the final say

The Seli 1 was a Panama-registered Turkisk bulk carrier that ran aground off Bloubergstrand shortly after midnight on September 8 2009.

Authorities battled to deal with the wreck as oil needed to be pumped out while the coal which it was transporting also had to be removed.

The ship also caught fire in June 2010, ignited by the cutting torches used by salvors.

It was broken into smaller sections, and the final installment of the process was carried out in 2013, when the remaining portions were blown up, allowing the remainder of the Seli to sink below the waterline.

Vaughan Harris and Barry Boswell were keen to see what the wreck would look like two years on since that final episode, and due to the adverse diving conditions for the area, had to wait until conditions were optimal.

On Saturday 7 February 2015, they managed to conduct a 40-minute dive to the wreck, at an average depth of 10 meters and with poor general visibility, they managed to capture video footage of how Mother Nature has, in just two short years, managed to turn it into an artificial reef filled with marine activity.

They posted this video shortly afterwards:

Harris says the dive was extremely technical in nature due to the unprotected location.

Listen to his interview with Kieno Kammies below:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Donate a dollar to plant a tree on Kilimanjaro

Donate a dollar to plant a tree on Kilimanjaro

The effects of climate are starting to be evident on Mount Kilimanjaro and the Kilimanjaro Project is acting before it worsens.

How to put your house on Airbnb and not have to deal with the hassle

How to put your house on Airbnb and not have to deal with the hassle

Co-founder of Airbnb management company airManaged, Chregan O'Flynn, says it deals with the bookings, cleaning and management.

Is there proof that using aquifer water will negatively impact the environment?

Is there proof that using aquifer water will negatively impact the environment?

As CoCT works on water supplementation, fears are being raised about the environmental impact of extracting water from aquifers.

Sandboarding business as usual at Atlantis sand dunes after complaints heard

Sandboarding business as usual at Atlantis sand dunes after complaints heard

Businesses were concerned about limited access the dunes due to construction on an office park, but that's all in the past.

SANParks to immediately increase patrols on mountain trails for safety of hikers

SANParks to immediately increase patrols on mountain trails for safety of hikers

Stabbing and mugging attacks this past weekend left visitors concerned about safety on Table Mountain and other hiking trails.

Trillian and McKinsey are finally going to face the music - Vavi

Trillian and McKinsey are finally going to face the music - Vavi

General Secretary of Saftu, Zwelinzima Vavi says he's happy the two companies will be served with an order to freeze their assets.

Popular articles
[Watch] Cape Town man calls his neighbours the K-word on Christmas Day

[Watch] Cape Town man calls his neighbours the K-word on Christmas Day

A video of a man calling his female neighbor the K-word has emerged on social media.

7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters

7 ways the new child maintenance law cracks down on defaulters

The new regulation will see those found guilty of dodging child maintenance blacklisted, among other measures.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Can you love your partner, but no longer be in love with them? Dr Eve unravels stages of disaffection in romantic relationships.

‘Probably looking at tax hikes in February for middle-income earners’

‘Probably looking at tax hikes in February for middle-income earners’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews TaxTim cofounder Marc Sevitz.

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.