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Jolanda 160 Project

The Jolanda 160 Project aimed to complete a safe and successful dive to a depth of 160 metres on the wreckage of the Jolanda. The objective was to get the first footage of the Jolanda at depth since it sunk from it's initial shallow resting place to 150m As a bonus it was discovered that by completing the dive, Nina Preisner would obtain the 'Women’s Deepest Wreck Dive' a record, currently held by Adina Ochert with a dive to 144 metres. Nina dived with her buddy, Neil Black.

The Project was a great success but things did not run as smoothly as they could have. Our attempts at sorting a temporary descent line were ruined several times due to problems with skippers in the area. One line was run over by a boat without the skipper even noticing. It was clear at this point that our best bet was to do a free descent and try to come up by the reef so that there was as little boat traffic as possible. Neil undertook a mission on scooter to hover over the wreck and send up an SMB so we could get accurate GPS co-ordinates, it paid off.

The current conditions were not suitable until 28th April when Nina & Neil undertook a dive to 155m on the wreck. We got footage of the wreck but it was dark and we had a short time on the bottom.

The wreck is slightly deeper than anticipated so a further dive to 160m (back up 165m) was planned, then completed on 1st May. At this point we got good footage of the bow section, the weather conditions were great giving us good light at that depth.

We filmed the wreck and our gauges that read 159.8m on film. The bow section was smaller than we thought with a lot of damage. Unsurprising given that it had travelled at speed from 20m to 160m! It was great to finally see the most talked about wreck in the area. The deco section of our dive took us up to the cargo of Jolanda where everyone is familiar, the toilets, sinks, baths and lovely 1970s rolls of lino. Here we were greated by a huge napoleon wrasse and 2 gold spotted flatworms amongst the numerous other marine life that helped a few hours in the shallows pass quickly.

The dive was completed by Nina and Neil Black. We hope to release our footage of the Jolanda within 48hr when we've gathered the different videographer footage.

Nina Preisner, is a TDI technical Instructor working full-time in Sharm el Sheikh. Three years ago Nina took a career break from law and moved to Sharm El Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, to pursue her love of diving. She has yet to return to her original career!

The bow sits approximately 150m out from Turtle reef, the small reef next to Jolanda reef. To dive depths below 120m ascents & descents are likely to be in the blue unless you fancy a constant swim back to the reef (and no guarantee of finding it).

When Leigh Cunningham & Mark Andrews found Jolanda, GPS co-ordinates were recorded but subsequently lost! This meant locating the wreck all over again but with a better idea of what is down there. We found it and now have GPS co-ordinates.

 

 

 


Nina Preisner

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Nina, supported by her friends and colleagues in the Sharm technical diving community, successfully dived to 159.8m, extending the current women's record by 15 metres.

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The Jolanda 160 project is kindly supported by:

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