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February 2018    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 44, No. 2   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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WAOW Liveaboard a Total Loss

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WAOW Liveaboard

Michel and Julia Deville, the Swiss owners of WAOW, wanted the finest liveaboard that money could buy. It was a beautiful vessel. However, boats are at the mercy of the elements, and the night of January 31, it dragged anchor during a violent storm near Manokwari, on the northeast side of the Bird's Head peninsula, in Indonesia's West Papua. During hasty attempts to start the engine, an electrical short caused an engine-room fire that quickly spread through this wooden vessel, fully destroying it. All divers and crew are safe.

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