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Scuba Diving in Malin Head, Donegal, Ireland, Europe
Dive Site: U-861
Location: Malin Head, Donegal, Ireland
Description: WWII Deadlight Submarine
Length: 87.4 metres (287 feet)
Depth: 43 metres (141 feet)
Visibility: 15 + metres (50 feet)
Only 30 of the U861's type were built. It sank during "Operation Deadlight" and broke into three sections at a depth of 43m. Slack water dive only.
A fantastic dive, the wreck is home to a huge lobster and conger eel. It is still possible to see the batteries. Very exciting.
David Steele, Advanced Trimix / Advanced Instructor
Awesome dive. Did this first week of september '09 for the second time. Got viz in the 15-20m area. From 30m the wreck was visible from bow section to just before the conning tower. Missed the end of slack for the return though. Stops done goin' with the flow. And a 12ft basking shark passing through was the cherry on top. "Did you see the big lobster???..... Lobster? sorry, no...but I found a big submarine!"
John B | 14/09/09
One of the best dives for the intermediate tec diver. The wreck sits on gravel and a few large boulders. There is one part near the conning tower where you can almost swim under the wreck. Yes the lobster could drive the boat.... he is near the conning tower.
Ger D | 27/11/09
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