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LAK DA - COASTAL FREIGHTER SHIP

CLOTH WRECK DIVE EXPEDITION

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A Great Success

Team The Cloth wreck as known to the locals has been researched and searched by the expedition leader for 7 months in 1997. Finally on the trip before the monsoon an unintended 'try our luck' attempt located this mystical wreck.

Only 2 dives will be made that year. The wreck is draped by high quality synthetic blue cloth and sitting proud upright in 165 feet of seawater.

She carries a Panamanian flag and went down with all her cargo in a storm in 1983 while enrouting from Singapore to the then Kampuchea. Many hi-fi stereos, liquor bottles and many other interesting items lies all over the wreck.

A pioneering trip was carried out once the season opens during end February. The team was impressed and fascinated. The 240 feet vessel was dove and studied for 2 days. A full plan was drawn up by the leader for the expedition which promise to be an expedition the participants will find it hard to forget just like those of us who wish we can stay in Tenggol to dive her over and over again.

The 6 days dive expedition started on the 15th of May with a team of 15 people. The first two days were dedicated to training teamwork in the following disciplines, underwater communication, surveying and data recording techniques, overhead environment training, black out drills, emergency drills and procedures, decompression techniques and producers. Our veteran explorer Michael Lim led the team.
 
 
 

 

 
 
The objectives of the expedition were met with great success, samples of the high quality synthetic cloth, cigarettes, tape recorders and a few liquor bottles were collected for examination, they were all returned to the wreck on the last day. The team mapped the whole wreck in schematics and video footages are also recorded. The team certainly have a great time diving and working together during the week. A host of media representative from the magazines, press and television networks came by to document the expedition. The expedition went on air on TV3 and came out of many media sources throughout Malaysia.


THE CLOTH WRECK DIVE EXPEDITION

INTRODUCTION

Tenggol Island, the capital of wreck diving in Malaysia and has been regarded as the gateway to world class site such as Cement and Cloth wreck. This forgotten island are blessed with interesting wrecks that has not been documented. The expedition will make up an eight man team under the project to discover and document these wrecks. Our guide will be avid expedition leader, Michael Lim. These wrecks are known to be very few and Michael researched and discovered most of these wrecks sites.

The objective of the team is to dive and document these wrecks and produce a film on it. There are a total of 4 wrecks discovered so far with depth ranging from 100 feet to 160 feet. This project however will be centered on the most fascinating MV Lak Da or better known as the Cloth wreck.

 
THE SEARCH FOR THE VESSEL

Newspaper Quote The Cloth wreck as known to the locals has been researched and searched by the expedition leader for 7 months in 1997. Finally on the last trip before the monsoon an unintended attempt located this mystical wreck.

Only 2 dives will make that year. The wreck is draped by high quality sythentic blue cloth and sitting proud upright in 165 feet of seawater.

She carries a Panamanian flag and went down with all her cargo in a storm in 1983 while enrouting from Singapore to the then Kampechea. Many hi-fi stereos, liquor bottles and many other interesting items lies all over the wreck.

A pioneering trip was carried out once the season opens duri ng end February. The team was overly impressed and fascinated. The 240 feet vessel was dove and studied for 2 days. A full plan was drawn up by the leader for the coming expedition which promise to be an exciting expedition.


EXPEDITION SCHEDULE

The expedition to film the cloth wreck and other wrecks of Tenggol is scheduled for 15 days expedition in August onboard a dive vessel.


PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

This production will be appealing as the water is clear and teeming with marine life. Highlight will centre on the cloth wreck, its content and last moments before sinking. It will also cover Tenggol Island, a fascinating destination of many interesting wrecks and marine environment.

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