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Blackburn Buccaneer in a peaty Loch near Muir of Ord

Fellow wreck hunter Brian Dickinson obtained information that the remains of an unknown aircraft were to be found at the bottom of a peaty Loch near Muir of Ord. His only problem, finding someone stupid enough to dive a Scottish Loch in the middle of February to check it out, cue Tommy n' Flash!  We managed to get in touch with the keeper of the loch who confirmed that there was an aircraft in there which he believed to be a Buccaneer. 

When we made it up to the Loch it was bigger than we'd anticipated unfortunately, we started with a 1km walk in full diving gear through the trees to a suitable entry point, phew! Then in we jumped and discovered the visibility to be frankly atrocious! If you imagine a cup of very strong black tea with the tea leaves still floating about in it then you'd be getting close! But this didn't deter us so we carried on into the freezing Loch, what did deter me however was my regulator freezing up in the cold water, going on to free flow, and dumping the complete contents of my air cylinder!

Flash gamely carried on alone, grubbing about in the dark murky water but to no avail, so we abandoned the escapade vowing to go back in the summer when the conditions will be more amenable. So it was off to the nearest pub for a period of recuperation, as usual!

Here we see the two "heros", in full diving gear, standing in the snow before setting out on their 1km jaunt through the forest on the left.

See the Big Picture!

Into the cold murky loch they head!

See the Big Picture!

A cold Tommy gives up the hunt after his cylinder emptied of air, note the ice formed in the mouthpiece.
This is better! A pint with Brian in the local pub. 

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