Monday, 6 January 2014

Salvage operation at Ythan Estuary - Dawn M. Shewring, Dec. 19, 2013

On a chilly breezy afternoon on Thursday the 19th of December 2013 we had word from SEPA that they wished us to retrieve some equipment for them which is attached to our buoy out in the Ythan estuary just across from Oceanlab. Normally we wait until low tide to wade out to do this t

ask – however, with the next low tide being at around 9 pm this was not going to be possible.

A brainwave came to mind – Professor Frithjof Kuepper had just returned from his trip to the Falklands and he was definitely the man for this challenging task. With his wealth of diving and snorkelling experience we asked him to swim across to the buoy to recover the equipment. Not one to turn down anything which can be done in a dry suit – after the risks had been assessed - Frithjof duly set off across the choppy waters.

Within no time at all he had achieved his goal – and successfully brought the SEPA equipment back to shore – can you see his delight J Well done Frithjof – without you this couldn’t have been done. The final job was to get cleaned down so what better way to do this than to stand in a stainless steel sink and be hosed down!!!

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