Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Goodbye Seven Skies

Goodbye 7 skies
It is like losing a friend. it is with a heavy heart that we say 7 skies wreck is gone. just like that, illegal salvagers destroyed a wreck that given many divers wonderful memories. #RIP7SKIES
Posted by DiveRACE on Monday, June 1, 2015

I am outraged and terribly saddened. Illegal salvagers destroyed the Seven Skies, one of the best known shipwrecks in the South China Sea. She went down in 1969 in a mysterious explosion that killed several sailors. I first dove her in 2004 and had the opportunity to dive her again many times over the years. She was one of the reasons I first learned how to technical dive. Our "Wrecks of the South China Sea" trips always featured the Seven Skies heavily. I once saw a whale shark and another time saw a beautiful black manta on her. She was home to many many animals and plants. She was sometimes an easy, calm dive and other times a challenge (where we had to climb hand over hand down the downline) due to screaming currents. But she was always a treasure and it was always a treat to dive her. Endangered species, historical monuments, and shipwrecks at the bottom of the ocean - once they are gone, they are gone forever.