Illegal Net Removal – January 2013
The Downbelow team of staff & professional diving interns both local & international proved that no job is too big if enough effort is put in.
Our tough job this time started when our dive guides came across a discarded net on one of the best dive sites in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. However this net is simple humongous!
We certainly believe the net is one of if not the longest we have had the difficult task of removing but our awesome Downbelow specialist team were up to the job.
Following a detailed briefing from Downbelow’s Managing Director and resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann, our team set off to do battle with the monster net & WE WON!
Unfortunately many marine life had already perished but we did rescue many critters that had miraculously survived entanglement but most importantly the marine animal death-trap has now been completely removed & the corals can breathe again.
The experience is priceless for our new Divemaster trainees & PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates as they will take this knowledge along with them on their professional careers sharing the techniques required to stay safe whilst removing nets.
A big thanks to our fantastic team for once again letting their knives do the talking, when we join forces we can make a difference :)
If you are diving & discover an illegal net do report it to your dive operator in the hope they will act as we do.