Scuba Diving Bryn Hall, near Bethesda is a recipe for
disaster and is known as North Wales death trap. Despite the
dangers, this quarry is thought to be continually dove even
though it has been fenced off several times to keep people out.
This Quarry is fifty-Five Meters deep, contains a large amount
barbed wire, unexploded bombs, discarded junk, and the body of a
diver which was never recovered. Even though the Visibility is
said to be good year round it is also also said that a slight
touch to the silt covered objects or bottom can make the
visibility become extremely poor, to possibly even zero.
One diver who claims to have dove Bryn Hall wrote the following
on an Internet bulletin board:
"Be very very careful in Bryn, you won't just need a knife
to cut your way out, if you get tangled, you will need wire
cutters. "The place is deep, dark, full of rubbish, barbed
wire all over the place, dead sheep, cars and unexploded bombs
and not forgetting the poor soul that is still in there.
Visibility is brilliant down to 30m, lots of quarry workings,
don't touch anything as it kicks up clouds of silt, down towards
the 50m mark the water turns into a black soup with zero vis."
Another diver wrote: "Bryn Hall is bitterly cold all year
round and the slate itself is razor sharp and will cut without
warning so be extra careful."
Andrew James Marshall died on October 5, 1970 while he was
diving with a group of friends in the Bryn Hall quarry. Friends
say that during the dive he was seen sitting on a crane under
the water. When his buddies turned around he was nowhere to be
seen. One diver noticed bubbles, swam down, but saw no sign of
A spokesman for the Merseyside British Sub Aqua club said the
body of Mr. Marshall was never recovered despite considerable
efforts. "The bottom was dark, badly silted up and
visibility was down to zero," he said. "The search was
called off because of the risk to searchers."
You should always know your limitations and stay with in those boundaries.
Diving an area that is known for hazards is reckless to say the
least, and not only puts your own life at risk but also the
rescue party that may have to come after you. Stop and think, is
there really anything down there worth dieing for?
and picture acquired from the Hywel Trewyn Daily Post
HAVE FUN ON YOUR DIVE TRIPS
AND SCUBA DIVE SAFELY!