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Underwater Photo Location: Coastguard Boat No 119 - Kas/Antalya - Turkey

Underwater Photo Location: Coastguard Boat No 119 - Kas/Antalya - Turkey

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B119 was a 23 meter military coast patrol boat, used by the turkish coastguard. It was build in 1960 in Hamburg/Germany for usage as river patrol boat but then went to Turkey where it was used as coast patrol ship by the turkish coastguard in the area of Mersin.

It "retired" after 50 years in duty in 2010 and was sinked on 25th June 2011, Time: 13.47 as a special event of the so called "Likya Festival" that happens every last week of June in the town of Kas/Turkey.

It now will be a new habitat for marine life and a new divespot for recreational diving.

The world's first underwater photo of this new wreck was token by the underwater photographer Rico Besserdich ( website ) exactly 1 minute after the ship touch the oceans ground.

"119" is resting in a depht between 10,8 to 21,6 meter. It's a easy to dive wreck, but penetrating the wreck is for certified wreck divers only. Exploring the wreck from outside is suitable to all diving levels/certifications. It is very close to the divespot named "Neptun Reef" in Kas/Antalya ( Turkey). the wreck lays on its keel. Deepest area is the stern ( 21.6 meter ), shallowest part is the bow with 10,8 meter. As the wreck lays very diagonal and not completly on the ground ( it lays on two huge rocks ), it is expected that the "119" will sly deeper during the next winter storms. If this is gonna happen, it might find it's final place in a depht between 35-50 Meter.

For any more informations needed as well as for underwater photos of this wreck, please feel free to contact Rico Besserdich via his site website .

Dives to this place are arranged by the DiveCenter "sundiving" , see website .
Facts about Coastguard Boat No 119 - Kas/Antalya - Turkey
  • It is in Turkey
  • Coastguard Boat No 119 - Kas/Antalya - Turkey is in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive types
wreck

Marine Life
small

Diving facilities
airguided

Photo facilities
wideangle

by Rico Besserdich
This is the turkish coastguard patrol boat "B119", just 1 minute after touchdown on its final resting place. It's the very first photo ever of this brand-new shipwreck. Still bubbles and smoke are escaping. Bad visibility, very rough circumstances.

by Rico Besserdich
Coastguard Patrol Boat 119. Was a big honor to be one of the first to dive this new wreck and the very first who takes uw photos of it. This photo was made 24 hours after the ship sinked. Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20mm with Magic Filters, no strobes.

by Rico Besserdich
Patrol Boat 119. 24 hours after it touched the ground. 10mm lens with magic filters attached.

by Rico Besserdich
Patrol Boat 119 - I took this shot 13 minutes after this new shipwreck touched oceans ground. Lots of dirt & dust clouds....the ship's stern was totally covered by a sand cloud that time. Ambient light shot, converted to B/W.

by Rico Besserdich
Exploring the "SG 119", 1 day after it sinked. Sigma 10-20 ( set to 10 mm ) with Magic Filters, Canon 40D.

by Rico Besserdich
Commando central and captain's seat of the coastguard patrol boat 119. Magic filters only, no strobe.

by Rico Besserdich
25th June 2011, Time : 13.47 . The last seconds of "life" of the patrol boat "119" . In the water : The technic team that helped to make the wreck sink. 20 seconds after this shot, I was diving as the very first one at this brand new wreck :-)

by Rico Besserdich
Exploring the new shipwreck SG 119, around 20 minutes after it touched ocean's ground. Still dirt clouds and bubbles around. Canon 40D with Sigma 10-20 ( on the 10mm end ), ambient light with usage of "magic filters".

by Rico Besserdich
Engine Telegraph of the TC SG 119 shipwreck in Kas/Turkey. Build in 1959, on duty from 1960 to 2010. Dropped to be a new dive destination on June 25th 2011. Last order as shown on photo was "engine stop" ;-)

by Rico Besserdich
Exploring a new wreck ;-) Shot in B/W, ISO 200, F8, 1/80 sc.

by Rico Besserdich
uw photographer v/s shipwreck -) shot in B/W, natural light only ( no strobes ).

by Rico Besserdich
Ambient ( natural ) light wreck shot of the TC SG 119 patrol boat.

by Rico Besserdich
Female diver explores a shipwreck. B/W shot, ambient light only, no strobes.

by Rico Besserdich
uw videographer v/s new shipwreck ;-)

by Rico Besserdich
"The last second of a ship's life". This ship sank June 25th 2011 to become a new attraction for divers. Ship's name is "TC SG 119", a former patrol boat, builded in 1958 in Germany.

by Rico Besserdich
"Inside the wreck" ( Coastguard Patrol Boat No 119 in Kas/Turkey ).
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