- ESAC AGM – To be held at the Pershore Working Men’s Club on Thursday 20th November at 7.30pm. Please make every effort to attend.
- Quiz Night – Saturday 6th December at Badsey Village Hall. Please contact James for further details and tickets on 07771967910
- Annual Dinner and Dance – Saturday 31st January 2015 to be held at Worcester Cricket Club including live music by The Bad Cats formerly The Bad Boys. Please make every effort to bring your friends and family. Cost will be £33.00 per person. Further details from Alan on 07774944219 (Call after 27th October as he’s in Cyprus)
- Kenty Tours are currently looking at El Gouna (Egypt) for a 7 day Club holiday from 14th April 2015. Approximate cost £700.00 including flights, all inclusive 4 star hotel and diving. Further details and expressions of interest please call Paul on 07885146780
Please don’t forget the AGM on 20th November. Nomination for Committee Members should be communicated to me prior to the evening.
Rescues and adventures in Oban 2013
MEMBERS of an Evesham club helped rescue a family of four from a stricken yacht off the Scottish coast during their most unusual diving expedition yet.
The dramatic rescue took place while Evesham Sub Aqua Club members were on a recreational long weekend in Oban in western Scotland.
Six members had completed their first dive of the day in mid-September, and were about to start their second venture into the deep when their boat got a mayday call.
It came from a family whose yacht had crashed on the rocky coastline in strong winds while attempting to sail into Oban port after the vessel lost power overnight.
The divers immediately headed to the scene.
Club member Stuart Bond, an architect from Evesham, said: “You could see the boat had its bow right into the rocks and was getting banged about quite badly.”
They found a distressed family of four, two adults and two teenage children, trying to collect their belongings.
“They were scrambling around,” said Mr Bond. “The dad seemed pretty petrified.
We then pulled the boat off the rocks. The skipper did a great job of holding us steady.
“We pulled them to safety as the lifeboat was arriving.
We helped to secure the boat and then were asked to get the two kids off the boat.
“If we hadn’t been there, the lifeboat was another 20 minutes away and the damage at the front was of the boat was quite significant. I imagine the family would have had to get off the boat and on to the rocks. That would have been very dangerous.”
Fellow member James Wilks said: “It was immediately apparent that we needed to tow it off the rocks to be able to get close enough to get the crew to safety. The arrival of Oban lifeboat was a great relief, not least of all to the coxswain of the yacht.”
The club meets on Wednesdays from 8pm-9pm at Pershore Leisure Centre. For more information visit eveshamsubaqua.co.uk.
Plymouth 2013 BY NIck Brooker
Combined – Evesham Sub Aqua Club & Cotswold 332 BSAC Weekend Trip
This was the first joint weekend of diving – both ESAC and Cotswold BSAC branches joining forces to share resources and costs for a weekends diving in Plymouth.
Half the mixed contingent stayed on Mountbatten side, and the other half at the Queen Ann Battery side. Both groups deciding hotels would be much cosier/dryer than camping at this time of year!
The Saturday saw both teams join up, mix the groups up to even the boats, dive teams and head out towards The Scylla. The weather stayed kind, fairly warm and a modest breeze, overcast and dry.
Cotswold RIB ESAC RIB
The Scylla, although having other divers on it from other boats, was still enjoyed with some 3-4m viz and warm 16 degree water temp – Special mention goes to Evesham’s own “Last of The Summer Wine” trio of Howard, Al and Andy Hislop – combined age “god-knows!”.
Dive completed all headed back to Mountbatten for lunch and air fills.
Next up both RIBs decided to do something different but in the same area. ESAC headed to Hilsea Point – where diving was reported to be excellent, with some 10-15m viz – loads of sea life and large fish! Cotswold headed to dive The Mew stones – again, very enjoyable gullies teeming with sea life with great viz.
Congratulations to Anthony from Evesham, diving from the Cotswold RIB who enjoyed his first ever sea dive as an Ocean Diver!
With diving completed for the day, both teams headed back to their respective pontoons for the evening.
Sunday seemed easier – mainly as both RIBs were ready on their respective pontoons, so the getaway was swift. Both teams decided to dive the James Egan Layne.
Howard Painter (ESAC) kindly “boateed” for Cotswold – and gave Scott F (Cotswold) and impromptu days boat handlers course!
Again conditions were good and soon both teams where getting pairs and 3’s into the water. The JEL is most divers favourite wreck in the area – haunting structure, pretty swim-throughs – all teeming with life.
Bryan (Cotwold) & David P David P (ESAC) decending the shot for
(ESAC) swim thru’ the JEL the JEL
After a further lunch break/re-fill – both teams decided upon different ultimate dives of the weekend. Cotswold went out to do Hilsea Point – encouraged by such good reports from the previous day, with the ESAC RIB deciding upon the trip to Edistone Lighthouse for some deeper diving to suit those on board.
Although the viz had been slightly reduced, all had a great dive, many doing Hilsea Point for the first time!
There was further excitement when Nick (ESAC & Cotswold), David (ESAC) and Bryan (Cotswold) were on a 3 minute safety stop at 6m when they were summonsed up quickly as a snorkeler had been reported missing nearby on the radio by the coastguard! The 3 were recovered in super-fast time allowing the Cotswold RIB to respond to assist in the coastal search. Thankfully the snorkeler was reported to have been found safe soon after! Phew! – Time for shore! After RIB recovery, washing and being made ready all headed home Sunday night following an enjoyable and exciting diving weekend!