Thanks to assistance from Peter Harvey (Heritage Victoria) we have gained permission for our divers to access the Cerberus restricted zone in Half Moon Bay during the remainder of July. In so doing we hope to locate some of the artefacts long rumoured to still be within the vicinity of the ship and record their location. It is also planned to inspect the Cerberus' guns which were removed in March of 2005 to ensure they have not been tampered with and that vital sacrificial anodes remain in place to aid in their ultimate preservation.
The entire dive will be filmed by an underwater cinematographer who will also record the exterior condition of Cerberus below the water line, her guns and some other specific areas of concern.
Three divers will arrive from 11am tomorrow (Sunday 9 July) to conduct a short preliminary dive of the site for familiarization and planning purposes while a more extensive survey is planned for the following Sunday (16 July - conditions permitting) at about the same time. On the second occasion it is planned to conduct two dives each of at least 90 minutes duration with a similar break between them (see below). Media representatives are welcome to attend on either day but, if they wish to access the restricted zone, should contact me in advance as space on the dive boat, which will only be employed on the second occasion (16 July), cannot be guaranteed. Some media may need to make their own arrangements and secure a separate permit through Heritage Victoria if they require access to the restricted zone around the ship.
DIVE SCHEDULE - Sunday 16 July (times approximate & subject to change)
1100: Dive teams arrival at Half Moon Bay
1130: Proposed commencement of first dive
1330: Proposed lunch break from about 1 or 1:30pm til about 2:30pm
1430: Proposed commencement of second dive
I will be pleased to welcome anyone who can attend the site on these days while recommending that all 'watch this space' for any updates or last minute changes to the above schedule.
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