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INDUSTRYNEWSRED SEA AGGRESSOR III SETS SAIL IN EGYPTThe Aggressor Adventures fleet has expanded in the Egyptian Red Sea with the arrival of the luxurious Red Sea Aggressor III.
The Red Sea Aggressor III – aka the wellregarded Hammerhead II – is a spacious 42 metre long by nine metre beam motor yacht. Diesel powered, she can cruise at 10-12 knots comfortably, has 220-volt power, and was built with safety and stability in mind.
The vessel has accommodations for 24 guests, including 12 large staterooms each with independent air-conditioning, ensuite head and shower, porthole view window, mirrored cabinet, 32-inch flatscreen (with a selection of 400 movies) and hairdryer.
The Red Sea Aggressor III has three master staterooms each with a queen bed, eight deluxe staterooms each with two twin beds, and one suite with a full bed.
There is also a spacious salon, large sundeck with plenty of shade from the Egyptian sun, hot tub, chaise lounges and deck chairs, and a bar for apres-dive refreshment.
It has no less than three tenders, two 6.5 metre and one five metre.
The Red Sea Aggressor III operates from the Port Ghalib yacht marina and resort, and trips run from Saturday to Saturday. Itineraries include the Brothers and Daedalous, and a trip incorporating Daedalous with St Johns.
You can, of course, combine the trip with a sail down the Nile with Aggressor River Cruises, which goes from Luxor to Aswan.
MISSING FARNES DIVER’S BODYFOUND OFF NORWAYA body wearing a drysuit recovered from the sea off Norway this summer has been identified as a British diver who went missing off the Farne Islands in October 2021.
According to Dykking Magazine, investigation manager Kjell Arne Sandal from Mandal Police Station said that the man, who was recovered from the sea near Lindesnes Lighthouse – several hundred miles from the UK – was identified after using DNA, which was matched against missing persons cases in other countries via Interpol.
The DNA matched exactly with the diver in his 60s who was reported missing at 12.45pm on Sunday 17 October 2021 after a dive at Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland. As reported by Scuba Diver at the time, the missing diver report initiated a multi-agency search involving lifeboats from Amble, Craster, Seahouses and Berwick, Coastguard helicopters from Prestwick and Hull, Maritime Coastguard Rescue, the police and local charter vessels and dive boats. The massive operation was stood down at 1pm on the Monday after a fruitless search. Sandal said that the man’s relatives in England have been notified by British police.
CLARE DUTTON ‘ONE OF 100FEMALEENTREPRENEURS TO WATCH’Clare Dutton, the innovative and energetic Director of Duttons Divers, has been voted as one of the ‘top 100 female entrepreneurs to watch’ in the UK – a huge achievement, emphasising her dedication and commitment to the dive industry and growth of the business.
Clare Dutton started to dive at the age of 18, and once qualified as an instructor, decided to start her own business. Having no funds to do so, she took out a business loan to purchase three sets of equipment and a trailer to travel the UK and teach. With a garden shed as a storage unit and bathroom as a drying room, Duttons Divers was born! Since then, Clare became the youngest PADI Course Director at the time, and has developed the business into a well-established and renowned UK dive chain.
With two dive centres – Vivian Quarry, Llanberis and Hafan Marina, Pwllheli – and two dive boats, Little Viv and Sea Quest, the business offers high-quality equipment and facilities to offer bespoke training and guided dives. Clare Dutton has now been flagged in ‘The Commended’ ranks of the 100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch list, collated by Telegraph Media Group and NatWest.
Clare Dutton says: “I am extremely honoured to be selected as one of 100 top female entrepreneurs in the UK. I have devoted a lot of time to develop the business since starting, and have always striven to ensure that it is at the highest level it can be, whether that be acquiring top quality equipment, having our own facilities or to just showcase North Wales. It’s great for this to be recognised and fuel the passion to develop this even further.”
“Its definitely not been easy, and I am sure it never will be because, as I will always want it to develop and not just settle. The ridiculously late finishing, working out accounts, marketing, and every other element of a business is massively stressful at times… but then stepping back and seeing what it has all achieved makes it worthwhile.”
NEW NORTH WALESDIVE BOAT FOR 2023 SEASONDuttons Divers has now added a second dive boat to their ‘fleet’ – Sea Quest.
Duttons already offer guided shore and boat dives around the North Wales area, with their current dive boat, a 7-8-metre Ballistic RIB named Little Viv, taking divers around the Llyn Peninsula. The area offers an array of marine life and a variety of dive sites, including wrecks, caverns, scenic wall dives and, of course, the colony of curious seals at the Tudwals Islands. New hard boat Sea Quest has a diver capacity of ten, which can be booked as a single diver or as a group charter booking. The boat has toilet facilities, a kitchen for refreshments between dives, and dedicated storage areas for kit.
Clare says: “We are extremely excited for the addition of Sea Quest. Little Viv is a great asset to our activities, but now being able to offer dive space only trips too for divers to explore the stunning area around here will make it even better. “The dive sites within this location offer something for all levels of diver interest, from shallow interactions with the seals to deeper wrecks with tonnes of history. We are all very excited for the 2023 season!” Duttons are now taking bookings for the 2023 season.