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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Tank - 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier
Depth: 3 to 4 metres (12 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: From the Bus Stop entry it's almost possible to see the tank from the surface. Simply descend to the base of the metal ladder turn to your right and on a 270 degree bearing swim for about 10 meters and you're there (you should be able to see the back of the vehicle as soon as you reach the bottom). From the Slipway entry also take a 270 - 280 degree bearing and expect a 3 - 5 minute slow swim past the bus stop entry to the tank.
History & Description: The tank is a type 432 armoured personnel carrier and is a recent addition to Stoney Cove (it was placed there in April 2005). Its new home in the quarry is a world away from its past life, as an active service vehicle and then as an exhibit in the tank museum at Bovington. Now resting in such shallow water in one of the UK tops inland dive sites this vehicle is an ideal feature for novice divers and first time divers as well as a good place to pass time during safety stops or shallow decompression stops. None of the hatches can be opened and a large padlock secures the main rear hatch.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
Just a quick update, the tank has moved approx 20m to 150m off back of Stanegarth rudder.
The tank was moved in early '08. A heading of 210 degrees from the white van (east of the Wessex) will take you to it.
The APC (tank) has been moved to the back of the Stanegarth, approx 50mts @ 150 degrees of the rudder. Move approx 4m of the wreck line up on the shot then take your bearing. Dive safe.
It's not a tank its an FV432 APC!
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