The Beauty of the SEA in the Florida Keys
A Deep Blue Dive Center's
Trash Splash 2010
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Sep. 18, 2010 event
Trash Splash 2011 - A Deep Blue Dive Center & Ocean Conservancy(PICS from 2011 Event)
KEY COLONY BEACH, Florida Keys - A Deep Blue Dive Center in Key Colony Beach, FL participates in Ocean Conservancy's 26th annual underwater clean up. For the 8th year in a row on Sunday, September 18th A Deep Blue Dive Center rallies volunteers to hit the water and clean it up. This year's primary focus was the Thunderbolt Wreck offshore of Marathon, Florida. Two teams of volunteer divers completed four dives to clean up fishing debris off of the wreck.
The Thunderbolt, a 188-foot military ship is a jewel for Open Water Advanced Divers. Sunk intentionally in March 1986, she now sits perfectly upright in 115 feet of water offering 45 feet of relief. Originally named the USS Randolph, she was built for the U.S. Army as a cable laying boat. She later served FP&L as a research ship to attract and study lightning, hence her name “Thunderbolt”.
After sinking at the dock in Miami, she was later purchased by the Artificial Reef Committee in 1986, prepped as an artificial reef, and scuttled for her destiny as an artificial reef offshore of Marathon, Florida. Not only is it readily used by divers but local fisherman angling for any of the large fish that call this wreck home. Because of it's active use by fisherman the T-bolt is left with lots of debris.
A Deep Blue Dive collected over 85 pounds of monofilament, lead weights, steel leaders, hooks and rope. In previous years divers have encountered live animals entangled in monofilament, luckily this year is was just the hull.
Volunteers may contact A Deep Blue Dive Center and sign up to be included in future ventures by e mailing ADeepBlueDive@aol.com or calling 305.743.2421.