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THE WESSEX HELICOPTER

Sitting in 22 metres of water, close to the northern cliff face, is the wreck of a wessex helicopter.

 

The wessex had only flown for 650 hours before it was submerged in Stoney Cove. it was in immaculate condition. the rotor blades were removed before it was submerged, but originally most of the helicopter was intact. early photographs of the cockpit - they looked almost about to take off!

 

Unfortunately, visiting divers have collected many 'souvenirs' from the wreck, so it's a shadow of its former self but it remains an excellent wreck to visit, particularly as an introduction to deeper diving.

 

The Wessex can be found on a 170° bearing form the Bus Stop A.

The Wessex can also be found on a 215° bearing form slipway B.