Adventure Cook Islands Dive Centre and Rental Specialist
A sunken vessel has been found by Carina Wenzel and Patrick Jaletzky.
In February 2018, Carina and Patrick were doing an exploration dive in front of Avatiu. Visibility was very clear and even though the maximum depth of the dive was around 30 metres, looking down and towards the open sea they spotted outlines resembling a ship’s shape laying deep on the drop off slope.
Weeks later, Patrick managed to find the wreck again and started to explore it. The vessel was a sailing yacht leaning on it’s port side in 70 metres of water depth. The wreck was half filled up with sediment and moray eels and white tip reef sharks had made it their home.
At the centre of the stern of the vessel he discovered a big prominent letter “R”.
After following dives to the wreck, no new clues to help with the identification of the vessel could be found. Even after talking to many locals we are yet to identify the wreck as no one seems to know or remember the vessel nor the accident leading to it’s sinking. As for now, we call it the Wreck “R”.