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Florida gets a new diving site

Friday 08 May 2009 9:30am

Keen divers visiting Florida this summer can explore a new underwater site off the island of Key West. A decommissioned US Air Force missile-tracking ship called the Vandenberg was transported to Chesapeake Bay in south-east Virginia on April 12th as part of its journey to the Florida Keys. The Elsbeth III, a 90ft ocean-going tugboat, led the ship on the final stage of its journey to its final destination six miles south of Key West. The Vandenberg will undergo an additional month of work before it will be sunk, providing a site for divers to explore a new habitat for marine wildlife. Founder of the organisation that has brought the ship to Key West, Joe Weatherby, said: 'There is simply nothing else like the Vandenberg for divers. 'There are a dozen dive points that will come within 40 to 50 feet of the surface, while deeper areas will provide opportunities for advanced divers. ' The Florida Keys is a collection of islands that lie off the south-east of the Florida peninsula. The archipelago can be reached by air from Miami or Fort Lauderdale.

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