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Touring the sunken Scylla on land
Bridge of HMS Scylla
The Scylla was sunk off Whitsand Bay
People will soon be able to tour an underwater diving reef without getting near a diving suit.

Webcams on the wreck of the former warship HMS Scylla will beam pictures back to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth from mid-July.

The old Leander Class frigate was sunk by controlled explosions off Whitsand Bay in Cornwall two months ago.

She is now resting in about 70ft (21metres) of water and has already attracted hundreds of divers.

Diving experts

The Scylla, decommissioned in 1993, was bought by the NMA with 200,000 provided by the South West Regional Development Agency.

The vessel has settled on the seabed close to the Liberty ship James Eagan Lane, torpedoed on her maiden voyage in 1944.

It has been estimated the new diving site will generate around 1m a year for the local economy.

The aquarium has just launched a week of special Scylla events and activities.

There will be diving presentations, exhibits and craft drop in workshops.

There will also be a preview screening of the new documentary, The Sinking Of Scylla, in the aquarium's Discovery Theatre.

For the first time there also will be a new presentation by Scylla diving experts.




SEE ALSO:
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14 Apr 04  |  Cornwall
Divers flood in to explore Scylla
02 Apr 04  |  Cornwall
Warship scuttled in Cornish bay
27 Mar 04  |  Cornwall
Scylla is towed to scuttling site
27 Mar 04  |  Cornwall


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