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WW1 Shipwreck Now Man-made Reef

A scuba diver who found the first British merchant ship to be sunk in World War One has hopes of safeguarding it as a home for marine life.

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A scuba diver who found the wreck of the first British merchant ship to be sunk World War One has hopes of safeguarding it as a home for marine life.

Amateur diver Steve Dover, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was diving off the Hallaniyat Islands back in 1998 when he discovered the 6,000-tonne City of Winchester, which had become a man-made reef for dozens of species.

In August 1914, the ship was shelled by a German ship off the coast of Oman.

According to the BBC report, ‘a recent dive revealed the depletion of fish life and Mr Dover is now appealing to the government of Oman to set up a 25-mile no fishing zone around the shipwreck to allow stocks to regenerate.’

You can watch the full story featuring Steve Dover on Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One on 5 March at 19:30 GMT. It will also be available afterwards on iPlayer.

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SourceBBC News
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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