Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

Kuwaiti divers retrieve old wooden sunken ship from Kuwait Bay

Kuwait, Professional Kuwaiti divers, aided by volunteers and advocates of environment protection, lifted a 25-meter-long, sunken wooden ship from south of Kuwait Bay.

The chief of the diving team, Waleed Al-Fadhel, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Sunday that the team used air bags and water pumps to float the ship and later would towing it to Doha coast for maintenance works and to ensure the safety of sea-goers of Kuwait' Bay.

The ship was considered as a threat due to the dispersal of some of its parts in the sea at the high tide, which must be removed in order to ensure the safety of the sea-goers in addition to containing fuel and oils adversely affect the marine environment, he added.

He explained that the ship, which was recovered from the type of (Baghlah), is a traditional Kuwaiti sailing vessels used to travel from Kuwait to India and East Africa as well as Aden and Basra, indicating that this ship is rare only three vessels of this type were manufactured in the Gulf.

The vessel was built in Kuwait with traditional methods (baghlah) and is a large deep-sea dhow, a traditional Arabic sailing vessel, the name "baghla" means "mule" in the Arabic language and similar to Portuguese ships used in the 17th century.

Al-Fadhel stressed that the Kuwaiti Dive Team strives to protect the marine environment through its voluntary activities and help the sea-goers to recover their ships and boats in the event of drowning. It also contributes actively to spreading the culture of volunteering and fruitful community participation.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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