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The Blue Hole is one of the most famous and dangerous places for diving, and it is called the divers’ cemetery because many of the most skilled professional divers from all over the world drowned therein.
Blue Hole Location
The Blue Hole is located on one of the shores of the Red Sea, specifically in the touristic city of Dahab, one of the cities in the South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, between the city of Dahab and the city of Sharm El-Shaikh is estimated at about 100 km, and the Blue Hole itself is located directly on the seashore and in front of it is the memorial that includes the names of many people who drowned in it to commemorate their names.
How it was formed and the reason behind its name
Many information and myths have been mentioned about the fact of its formation, it was mentioned that in the past, when a comet or meteor collided with the earth, this led to a cave or a gap inside the waters of the Red Sea, the Blue Hole is indeed a deep, closed and mysterious water cave, its color from the top of the water surface is noticeably dark blue and different from the rest of the water around it, which gives it an attractive and eye-catching appearance. It was given this name due to its circular shape with great depth and blue color.
The memorial is in front of the Blue Hole
The Blue Hole was called the divers’ cemetery because it killed many of the world’s most skilled divers, on the beach in front of this spot in particular there is a memorial that includes a large number of drowned people to glorify and perpetuate their names.
some of these drowned people are (Stefan Keenan), who was called Stefan the Gallant, as he drowned while trying to save one of his female colleagues, so she got out of the Blue Hole but he did not and died there.
(James Paul Smith), who drowned in 2003 AD at the age of 24, his fans and family bid farewell to him, saying, “You will always be remembered as a wonderful son to his family and friends in Dahab and all over the world, may your soul rest in peace.”
A girl named (Caroline Joan), whose family placed her picture and wrote her achievements next to her name, as an expression of their love and appreciation for her.
In addition to Many others (Daniel Michael), (Tarek Sayed Al-Qadi), (Dave Shaw), (Chick Exley), (Stefan Fielder), and (Leenric Czyzinski Robert).
This memorial is the cemetery of those drowned, the Blue Hole in itself is a ghost threatening everyone who think to have a high degree of ability and experience to discover this spot himself without adhering to the conditions and instructions of the divers there.
What is the blue hole?
The blue hole, or the divers’ cemetery, is a cave or a hole in the Red Sea that was formed as a result of the collision of a meteor or comet with the planet Earth, when viewed from above, it appears in the form of a circle characterized by its dark blue color, distinguished from the color of the rest of the sea water around it, with a depth of about 130 meters, and includes an opening with a diameter of about 6 meters known as the saddle, that leads to another opening called the arch, which leads to the waters of the open sea. These two openings are among the most important features of the Blue Hole, and divers often get lost there. The Blue Hole has many coral reefs and many marine creatures such as colorful fish, rays, turtles and others.
Reasons why divers drowned in the Blue Hole
There are academies for diving training in Dahab, and it is not easy for those wishing to practice diving in the Blue Hole to be allowed except after good training and putting forward conditions and instructions to go through the experience in full safety without exposure to any risks, and therefore most cases of drowning there are due to the divers’ failure to adhere to the instructions, or the extent of their arrogance and confidence in themselves that make them go through the experiment with great curiosity without following any instructions.
One of the reasons mentioned is that when a person crosses a great distance to a depth of 100 meters, and this distance is not allowed, they lose the place linking the Blue Hole and the waters of the open sea, at this depth some divers mentioned that they had seen a light coming from a close distance, and some might think that this light comes from the surface of the open water so they go deeper and are exposed to what is called (deep drunkenness). This condition is completely similar to a person’s consumption of quantities of alcoholic beverages, causing a disturbance to the person’s body and mind and hallucinations of varying degrees, the person may die at that time, or because of this great depth, the gases in the breathing tube are poisoned under this high pressure, which leads to death.
Mentioning the case of (deep drunkenness), there is a famous video on YouTube of the drowning of a person named “Yuri Lipski”, who recorded his diving experience with a video camera, he suffered what looked like this seizure below the water and kept falling down until his body and the camera settled on the floor of the bottom of the hole, which they found had recorded the entire experience, this video, although it does not show anything, is like a horror movie that makes you feel every moment of fear that Yuri felt while he was drowning.
Myths about the Blue Hole
The city of Dahab in the past was a village inhabited by the Bedouins, who were known for their simplicity, so rumors and myths were often spread among them, a myth about the Blue Hole spread saying that in the past, because one of the girls in the village was forced to marry, she committed suicide in this spot, so this place became known as the ghost of this girl, who kills anyone who tries to dive in the place.
Other myths say that this place includes predatory marine creatures such as sharks and mermaids that devour anyone who tries to dive therein.
Or maybe it is a narrow channel that locks those who enter it and cannot get out of it.
Despite all these terrifying legends and frightening death stories, the Blue Hole remains the world’s most beautiful place to practice diving and discover different, distinctive and famous marine life. With good training in one of the specialized academies located there and adherence to the instructions and conditions set by experienced divers and specialists, you will have a unique, distinctive and safe experience that you will never forget.