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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Partenavia P68B "Victor" Plane
Depth: 19 to 22 metres (66 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: From the Bus Stop entry take a 270 degree bearing and expect around a 20 minute slow swim. From the Slipway entry take a 275 degree bearing and expect a 20-25 minute swim (note - if heading directly there from either entry you will encounter a mid water swim over the deeper area). From the Victor Plane a 230 degree bearing will take you to the Wooden Cabin Cruiser after about 5 minutes of swimming. Alternatively you could head back via the deep hydro box by taking an 85 degree bearing (although remember the hydro box is 16 meters deeper than the Victor Plane, so you may want to visit the hydro box at the start of your dive and then take 265 degree bearing to the plane).
History & Description: The Partenavia P68B “Victor” is less dived than many of the other features in Stoney cove due to its distance from the entry points and its proximity in the west sliver of water. The result is generally better, less disturbed, visibility and significantly less divers. The plane lies at the foot of a slate wall facing south. The tail fins are gone however the wings are still in situ, drooping down to the quarry floor. It’s still possible to make out the registration letters on the wing (IIRC) if you look closely; the original registration is G-LOUP and it had an accident on the 7 th February 1993. It is also easy to enter the open cockpit, either through the side entry door or the distinctive windows, where there is little trace of the instruments or flight controls. This plane is often incorrectly referred to and identified as a Cessna, however in reality has nothing to do with Cessna.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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