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Book Review: The Forgotten Shipwreck by Nick Lyon

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The Forgotten Shipwreck – Solving the Mystery of the Darlwyne by Nick Lyon and with a Foreword by Miranda Krestovnikoff.

‘The Forgotten Shipwreck is the true story of the boat which sank the day after England won the World Cup. It spans so many facets, from a village numbed, with whole families wiped out, to angry exchanges in the House of Commons and law courts. There is intrigue, chicanery, deceit, incompetence and greed. It had far-reaching ramifications and yet, for all that, the Darlwyne tragedy lacked an ending.’

As with all Nick’s books, this is well written and extremely well researched. Nick tells a good story with realism and when appropriate, a touch of humour. The Darlwyne story is indeed a tragic one and Nick’s meticulous fact finding takes the reader fully into the lives and circumstances of those who were involved on that ominous day. 

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Wrecks can be sad places to dive at the best of times, especially when there has been loss of life. The difference with the Darlwyne is that she is a lost wreck and although bits of her were found at the time, her final resting place has been a mystery. The disaster was never really well publicised and has slipped away from us in the passing of time even though it occurred well within living memory.

What remained of the boat would by now have been smashed and strewn about the sea bed by storms and shifting sands. Yet there should still be a few items of her to be found where she sank. Heavy items like the engine or her ballast. With a team of divers and cameramen Nick takes us on a fascinating journey to find the lost wreck and try finally to give the surviving family and friends some closure.

The Forgotten Shipwreck is available now in paperback and e-book | RRP £19.95 | Available from Divedup.com, online and from retailers. ISBN 978-1-909455-31-3 | 176 pages | 234 x 156 mm.

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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Film Review: Thirteen Lives

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Ron Howard’s recreation of the 2018 rescue of a Thai junior football team is impressive. Even though we know what happens in the end the tension and drama played out is palpable.

On 23 June 2018, 12 members of a Thai junior football team, the Wild Boars, and their coach became trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave system by rising flood water. The film details the incredible international rescue efforts that ensue. And Ron Howard has judged the tone perfectly. There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour and the two leading actors: Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen, who play John Volanthen and Rick Stanton respectively, capture the intensity of the situation perfectly.

The diving scenes are claustrophobic in the extreme. Although I suspect that the visibility was even worse than the film depicts as you have to be able to see something in the dramatization! All the way through the film I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the extraordinary feat these divers pulled off. The skill and bravery required still impresses after watching films, hearing them speak in public and reading about the rescue.

I loved that, whilst the divers took centre stage in the film, the heroic rescue efforts of the water engineer and his team was also given the attention they deserve, as well as the incredible Thai Navy Seals and the thousands of people that flocked to the region to help.

Thirteen Lives is a must watch movie about an incredible cave rescue. It’s sober tone hits the mark. The cinematography is skilled and creates an impressively tense experience. It is available on Amazon Prime right now.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Underwater Photographer Elaine Whiteford

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Gemma and Ian chat to Elaine Whiteford. Elaine learned to dive in 2002 and qualified as an Instructor (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) in 2005. She is based in Scotland and dives all year round in the North Sea and the sea lochs of the Scottish west coast. A photographer before she was a diver, taking pictures underwater was a natural development for Elaine, who was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society with a portfolio of underwater images.

She has had articles published in a range of magazines, both general interest and diving, including Scottish Wildlife, Diver, The Undersea Journal, The Sea, BBC Wildlife and the Scot’s Magazine. Her work has also featured in a number of exhibitions, such as the Royal Photographic Society’s Projected Image Exhibition, the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography and the Scottish Parliament’s Biodiversity Exhibition. She had a solo exhibition, Scotland’s Waters Brought To Life, in Stirling’s Smith Museum. Her images have appeared in a range of books and she is a contributor to Wild & Temperate Seas, 50 Favourite UK Dives, which was published in November, 2020.

Elaine was shortlisted in the 2020 Scottish Nature Photography Awards and her image appears in the Portfolio Yearbook which was published in the autumn of 2021.

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