A sad sight for divers of a certain era, who will fondly remember the diving liveaboard MV Maureen of Dart – the vessel has sunk in Dart Harbour.
The Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority reported that the vessel sank in the early hours of yesterday morning. The boat owner was onboard at the time but thankfully is safe and well and with family members.
The DHNA team boomed the vessel entirely to contain any contaminants, and divers are booked in for an inspection.
MV Maureen of Dart was a staple on the British diving scene for many years. Originally a Scottish drifter, the 20-metre-long vessel was converted into a motor sailer dive boat in 1985.
Skipper Mike Rowley was renowned for his knowledge of dive sites in Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands and the Scilly Isles, as well as across Devon and Cornwall. He was actually the first person to open up Normandy as a diving destination back in 1990 – and was arrested for his efforts!