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Attempts to Remove Padang Padang Shipwreck Failing

Padang Padang Shipwreck

Hopes that the abandoned fishing trawler that was shipwrecked on the reef of Bali’s Padang Padang last Friday would be moved before the arrival of a solid incoming swell are quickly fading. A small group of local fishing boats failed on Thursday to pull the Taiwanese fishing boat off the Padang-Padang reef ahead of the expected big swell which was already showing pulses on Friday.

With the swell expected to reach 10 feet on Sunday, the fear that the ship will batter the reef and break apart could quickly become a reality. There is already a heavy amount of cable, knives, fish hooks, and all sorts of other waste that have found their way into the water at Padang Padang. None of that, however, will compare to the irreparable damage that could come from the ship being tossed around and breaking apart.

Aside from the obvious environmental issues this is causing, the heads at Rip Curl will have some interesting decisions to make as the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search is scheduled to take place here July 30-Aug. 10. With the ASP having a choice between Uluwatu’s and Padang Padang for the contest, it’s looking more and more likely, barring some unforeseen miracle, that Uluwatu will be the call for this one.

A special thanks goes out to all those who have donated so much of their time, money , and hard work to minimize the damage at Padang Padang. Stay tuned for more info.


Posted by Shaun on Thursday, July 17th, 2008 in Surfing.

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4 Responses to “Attempts to Remove Padang Padang Shipwreck Failing”

  • Lonnie Says:

    What was the ship doing that close to the reef in the first place? Did they catch all the fish in the depper water or what?

  • Andy Says:

    Roumor has it that it was a tiwanese fishing boat ilegaly fishing in indo waters and they ran it aground and bailed into the bukit taking all the ships records with them Pretty bad hope they get the thing off…would totaly ruin a great and rather untouched part of bali

  • Luis Says:

    If Rip Curl has so much interest in using this as a site for their contest, why aren’t they out in front of this issue? Seems like a good opportunity for them to show their “green” side

  • Andy Says:

    Totaly aggree with that Luis..come on ripcurl help out.

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