The wreck of Chrisoula K in the Red Sea off Egypt

The Chrisoula K (also named Krisoula K) was a Greek freighter. During its final journey to the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, its cargo consisted of boxes containing ceramic tiles made in Italy. It sank 31 August 1981, after the captain passed control of the ship at the second after two days of intensive navigation. It struck the reef of Shaab Abu Nuhas at full speed. Fortunately, no sailor was killed.

The Chrisoula K lies on a sandy and sandy bottom. The front of the boat was out of the water. But wave action has now reduced the tip. The main part of the wreck is still contains all the cargo. The stern leans well over to the starboard and is slowly separating altogether. She slowly begins to separate from the rest of the wreck. At the bottom of the stern, engine room offers a penetration dive for wreck divers only experienced. Basically, the large propeller and rudder are still virtually intact to the maximum depth of the dive to 26m. The Chrisoula K is now covered by colonies of corals. Many species of fish have taken up residence on the wreck.

For underwater photographers, this is an extraordinary wreck because the size and also for the variety of subjects that can be found there. The shims are home of a huge school of glass fish that takes all possible forms when disturbed by divers. The photographs in natural light are exceptional because the play of light filtering through the hull.

The slideshow below shows some close-up shots taken at Marsa Alam in the Red Sea in Egypt.

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