Diary

Poor old Nunkie, a badly timed dive on the North Side of Beadnell Point

Having given a full report back on the South Side and Mistley the Nunkie was despatched to repeat on the North Side, or that's what happened anyway!

As always we will give some nuts and bolts...

The vis was down to about 3m and there was some suspended mascerated seaweed in the water but more later

The temperature was at 6degC so he was happy with thirty minutes!

We had kinda planned this dip for the inland end of the South Side of Beadnell Point but the wind was a strong south-westerly meaning that the waves were a little bit Dennis Wise, that's to say nasty little five footers! These waves which made diving on the South Side near impossible were not impacting on the North Side so we simply upped sticks and moved along.

Now the problem with these conditions diving at 'mid tide' as he was is that the normal entry and exit point, the big steps, are a pig and the waves bashing over the end mean that going up and onto the Point is a no-go but with valour overtaking common sense in he jumped, you'll regret that I thought and he did!

These early season dives are always interesting as you don't know what will be lying there, last year (2018) I picked up a valve operating name plate plus an ornate maltese dolphin on the first dive, the year before (2017) I picked up a nice name-plate and whilst I know that there will be a finite quantity of trinkets from the various vessels that call the Point their grave I want to be sure that I get it all. Yes, yes I know very selfish but that is just the way it is.

This year we didn't have as much luck although the Nunkie did pick up a single lost dive weight, I almost sent the bugger back in for the rest of it as I am pretty sure that within a foot or so there would be the rest of the belt but knowing roughly where it was picked up I will have a good scour there as and when the old back picks up.

The site is reported very much turned around with large sections of the wreck moving about and quite a few large rocks turning up, some I guess have simply been mashed about by the storms but the Nunkie did say that there were sections of the wall which were 'clean' meaning that some chunks must have fractured off the main-wall, I guess that this very slow loss is just nature at work and with the cracks already present the wave action will be hydraulically 'attacking' the face and the larger the waves the higher the force. I guess some time in the distant future the Point will pretty much disappear but how many hundreds or thousands of years this will be, who knows?

The high point of the dive was the location of a very nice and I guess heavy phosphor bronze valve, I am told that it is about 40cm long and not heavily concreted in, it seems that it has been covered in rocks and the rocks have shifted! In the early season recce dives we tend not to be tooled up for either scrap or scran so all the nunkie could do was have a wiggle with a little dive knife and he reckons that it moved, that is to say that there were puffs of dirt so it should be the work of minutes with a suitable bar.

The sea-life is still very slow and with the temperature approaching its lowest point this is to be expected but there were odd small crabs about but no signs of antenna that would indicated that any blue fiends were in residence, things will return and being honest we are maybe four weeks early this year as the extended 'unseasonal weather' has allowed the sea to calm down and drop the various crap out of suspension.

When he stuck his head up close by the big steps and I thought 'you'll be lucky' and he looked at it and thought the same thing so slowly headed out to sea just in-case there was a better point close to the end of the Point, but it was minutes later when he was heading back to the big steps although I still thought that was optimistic and he would end up swimming to the beach. Having handed up the dive weight and his fins the Nunkie turned into Chris Bonnington and climbed the four feet up from the sea to the bottom step, in this position he stayed on all fours and groaned.......then he dragged himself to the top of the reeef and all of the walk back complained 'I'm getting too old for this shit'......

So be sensible where you get in and make sure that you............

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 2.1 kg

Weight this year - 30.6 kg

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