Diving in FH-13 on June 26, 2010© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
The crew consited of myself and my 2 older sons, Ben and Paul. This trip started out by seeing signs in the sound of oil tainted areas where the water was slick like a chum slick behind a fishing boat. After getting just south of Horn Island Pass, we spotted brownish tar ball floating in the water. Soon after crossing the Horn Island Pass Channel we came across a tideline that was littered with lots of tar balls. It ran North-South and was perhaps a mile long near Latitude 30°08.74'N and Longitude 88°31.84W. With it gathering tightly on the tideline, you would think BP would be all over cleaning it up, but there was not a Boat in sight. As you can see in the pictures below, there were plenty of boats working near the mouth of the West Pascagoula River tweaking their "Booms" in anticipation of the oil's arrival. Why isn't this money being spent to suck up the stuff before it hits land. This is illogical. Anyway, we headed further South leaving the oiled area behind and making some nice Dives on the Gwen Tide Supply Boat, the Linda Susan Tug Boat, the EckStein Tug Boat, The DISH (Deer Island South Hampton) Supply Vessel, the Tiger Shark Shrimp Boat, and Rig MOB991. There were plenty of fish due to the lack of pressure. The water visibility was poor in the first and last 15 feet of the water column, but it was quite nice in the mid-water. I worked my Canon T1i and will eventually get to the Video when I can make some time. Check Back for it. As we were headed in past Round Island, we spotted a Sailboat that we thought would make a good sunset picture. Turns out the Vessel was aground and we helped them out by heeling the Vessel over with her mainsail h6alyard and pulling her to deeper water. Saved the crew from waiting for high tide at 11:30AM the next day. Total Trip encompassed 73 miles, 38.6 Gallons of fuel, and 13 hours.