A huge barge – carrying building materials, a bulldozer and a crane – has crashed into the reef at Sipadan. The accident is said to have damaged hundreds of square meters of the reef.
All diving operators and resorts had to leave the island of Sipadan on environmental grounds a couple of years ago: so what was the barge doing there?
According to Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, authors of A divers’ guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife,
“The damage is incalculable — one of Sipadan’s most precious and beloved spots, well-known the world over, is no more, transformed by a single inexplicable act of human carelessness into a grisly mass of broken and pulverised corals, shredded turtles and mounds of grey gravel suffocating what little is left of the legendary drop-off.”
The barge was anchored next to the drop-off. Sipadan is a limestone pinnacle rising from 600 m. It is not far from the East coast of Sabah, Malaysia.
Source: Fins Magazine