A ship which sank close to the port city of Vasco in South Goa district greater than half a century in the past is drawing diving fanatics from throughout the nation.
The SS Rita carrying rail tracks from Gujarat to Goa met its watery grave close to the Grand Island someday within the Sixties. It is believed that the ship capsized after working into the rocks, however no information of the incident can be found.
The wreckage lies on the backside of the Zuari river.
“There is a lot of interest among tourists in seeing the shipwreck. It is one of the seven diving sites near the island,” mentioned Skandan Warrier, a former Navy man who runs a scuba diving coaching institute.
Lying underwater on the depth of seven to 13-14 meters, the stays of the ship have become a man-made reef, he mentioned.
“There are hardly any other shipwrecks that can be explored the way you can explore SS Rita,” he mentioned. “It has also become a shelter for fish,” Warrior added.
The divers who go to the wreck declare that it is an incredible web site, he mentioned.
One can see the ship’s winches, bow, davit (a crane used for reducing boats), portholes and a ladder, kind of intact. The space across the Grand Island has seven diving websites. Local fisherman Anthony Fernandes mentioned curiosity in scuba diving has been growing amongst Indian vacationers.
“After the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen more and more domestic tourists giving diving a try,” he mentioned.
There are two extra ships that are recognized to have sunk in the identical space, Warrior mentioned.
But they’re caught in deeper elements of the seabed and never so simply reachable.
“Both the wrecks are located 18 to 20 meters below the water, so it becomes difficult for novice divers to reach there,” he mentioned.