MYAN­MAR DIVERS RISK THEIR LIVES ON WWII WRECK SAL­VAGE

HOME­MADE EQUIP­MENT AND ZERO VIZ MYAN­MAR'S SALVAGERS PUSH EX­TREMES

Scuba Diving - - Front Page - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY SAN­DRA WELLER

In the 1970s, ship­wrecks from World War II were found at the bot­tom of Myan­mar’s Yangon River. Peo­ple liv­ing by the river in the town­ship Dala in­vented their own div­ing equip­ment and de­signed spe­cial dive boats to search for de­bris from these sunken ships. They first used bi­cy­cle pumps to push oxy­gen through long rub­ber tubes into hand­made masks. Since then, they’ve im­proved their equip­ment, now us­ing home­made gas-pow­ered air com­pres­sors to pump the air. With their hand­made masks and chains to weigh them down, Myan­mar’s salvagers can dive as deep as 200 feet and stay un­der­wa­ter for up to 30 min­utes. Once they dis­ap­pear into the brown wa­ter of this highly pol­luted river, they are un­able to see any­thing at all. They can only feel with

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