At around 1 am in the morning of Wednesday the 15th of November the Fiji Siren liveaboard was cruising through the Bligh Water, in the western Fiji islands, when she ran into something – rupturing the hull. Crew members immediately dived under the vessel and applied pre-mix epoxy in an attempt to try to stem the ingress of water, and all water pumps were activated. At this point Fiji Siren headed towards land and made emergency calls.
By 2 o’clock it was clear that not enough water was being cleared by the pumps and so the captain asked the passenger divers to muster in life jackets with only their passports and any medication that they might require. They were evacuated to land on the diving tenders along with some of the crew. Half the remaining crew then went to work removing as much of the guest’s property as possible, as well as their own items and tender fuel. Other crew members were still trying to save the boat.
At 5.30 am the main water pump failed due to loss of power caused by the water in the engine room, however, the fire pumps were still running with additional fuel being brought for them by Namena Divers. There were multiple dives carried out to try and stem the breach further. These were unsuccessful and at 7:15 everyone abandoned ship, with the captain and cruise director leaving last.
The Fiji Siren sank below the surface at around 10 am into water at least 250 m deep, so she can’t become a wreck dive for recreational divers.
The Fiji Sun has reported that Fiji Navy operations officer Lieutenant Commander Timoci Natuva received a call from the Namena Dive Shop saying that the Fiji Siren struck an outlying reef causing it to take water.
If you were due to dive from the Fiji Siren, and have questions about your booking. then please email mailto:email@example.com. The Fiji Siren was owned and operated by Worldwide Dive n Sail. She was launched in 2013. Other liveaboards cruising Fiji waters including the Fiji Aggressor, Nai’a, Fiji Princess and Reef Endeavour.