It was such a calm sea and lovely weather yesterday, we took the OpenROV out to dive a wreck. We’re very lucky to be only about 2 miles by boat from the wreck of the SS Breda, one of the UK’s most interesting wrecks. It is a huge site and we saw a tiny corner of it.
There is a lot of information about her, a large ship lost in 1940 to German bombers.
It was only our second dive and the most unnerving thing is that, once the ROV is in the water and below a couple of metres, you’re flying blind, no idea where you are, until you see something ahead, or hit the bottom.
We went down about 20-25 metres and then suddenly, there she was. For all I knew, we could be dropping right down into one of the holds and ready to get tangled at every turn.
So far, I’ve found that it doesn’t descend or ascend very well, and when you go forwards it also dives. I’m sure it’s just a case of practice, also I think keeping no slack in the tether will be safest.
We did a few minutes, then got too scared and came up, but it was very exciting.
Any advice on retrieving a tangled ROV would be good - before it happens!
Here’s a little flavour of it.