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Smart use for an old wreck

WHEN Mahyar Barad’s Smart car finally came to the end of it’s life, the Solihull Sub-Aqua Club member knew the perfect resting place.

WHEN Mahyar Barad’s Smart car finally came to the end of it’s life, the Solihull Sub-Aqua Club member knew the perfect resting place.

He contacted Stoney Cove, the UK’s premier dive site, and asked if his trusty yellow car could be sunk, to join the boats, submarine, helicopter, aircraft and many vehicles already submerged in the vast flooded ­Leicestershire quarry.

First, the car had to be stripped of its engine and petrol tank to avoid polluting the many fish that live in the cove. The doors and windows then had to be removed for diver safety.

On the day of the sinking, watched by fellow dive club members, the cherished car was pulled down the slipway, into the water by the dive rescue boat.

When it sank, 46-year-old Mahyar and his dive buddy Alan Morrissey dived down and attached a lifting bag which was then inflated from a compressed air cylinder.

Once the car was floating, it was towed far out and released to sink to its final parking space 20 metres deep in the cove.

The St Helen’s Road resident said: “I was really sad to see it go. The car had travelled 240,000 miles to Germany, France, Belgium and Austria, as well as dive trips to Scotland, Wales and Devon, but I am happy to see it immortalised in the watery depths”.

Solihull Sub-Aqua Club divers now look forward to honing their underwater navigation skills to find Mahyar’s ‘yellow submarine’.

For more information about Solihull Sub Aqua Club, call Ian Brittain on 0121 783 4463

 

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