Our resident PADI Course Director Richard and PADI IDC Staff Instructor was out diving a virtually forgotten dive site this weekend and made an unpleasant discovery.
The site, which Richard hasn’t visited in near 5 years, was chocked by a huge reef entangling the reef.
The boys quickly freed a stuck stonefish and grouper, but returned to Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to bring back reinforcements to deal with the net.
Within moments of announcing the find, Richard had rounded up every available Downbelow staff and intern. As luck would have it, 4 Sabah Parks staff were also at our dive centre doing a PADI Rescue Diver course, and happily joined the team.
Richard gave the net removal crew a thorough briefing on safety and net removal techniques, and shortly after headed back to the site of the 100m net.
The net was severely entangled within the reef, but thanks to the large crew, it was relatively quickly removed and the reef was freed.
The reef can now, once more, breathe easy again!