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Huge New Dive Attraction for Cayman Islands

Earlier this month, the USS Kittiwake was intentionally sunk in the waters off Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach. The 1945-vintage submarine rescue ship weighs 2,200 tons and has a length of 251 feet. The USS Kittiwake now rests at a depth of 62 feet, enabling the ship to be an easily accessible dive attraction for snorkelers and divers. In addition to being an attraction for divers, the USS Kittiwake will act as an artificial reef that will shelter sea life.

The Cayman Islands’ acquisition of the decommissioned naval vessel marks the first time that a US MARAD ship has been donated to a foreign government for the creation of an artificial reef to preserve the marine environment.

The premier of the Cayman Islands, the Honourable McKeeva Bush, is on record as saying the operation "represents the single most significant occurrence in a decade for Cayman's dive industry."

Below is a video of the sinking of the USS Kittiwake.