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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea

Dive Site: Kimon M

Location: 27°34'48"N; 33°56'00"E (Sha'ab Abu Nuh‚s)

Description: 3129 ton cargo vessel

Length: 120 metres (394 feet)

Depth: 32 metres to seafloor at stern (105 feet)

Visibility: 20 - 30 metres (65 - 100 feet)

Rating: ****

The Kimon M was a general cargo vessel of 3,129 tonnes, with four cargo holds - two forward of and two aft of the central bridge structure. She was built Germany in 1952 and in December 1978, loaded with 4,500 tons of lentils she made her final voyage. On December 12th 1978, with engines at full speed the Kimon M drove hard onto the northeast corner of Sha'ab Abu Nuh‚s Reef. A passing cargo ship, the Interasja, immediately responded to the distress call and picked up all the crew and delivered them safely to Suez two days later.

The initial impact drove the Kimon M hard onto the top of the reef where she stayed for several days, allowing the recovery of some of her cargo. Wind and currents pushed the ship onto her starboard side until the remainder of the ship fell into deeper water, coming to rest at the base of the reef. Later a large hole was cut into the vessel in order to salvage the majority of the engine.



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