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With a new Marine Magnetics ‘Explorer’ magnetometer and our new fast dive boat ‘IKI’, the objective this year is to begin a stocktake of possible wrecks in Eua, Nomuka and Ha ‘Anao in the Ha ‘apai group. This process may take years. Once a possible target is considered, a dive is scheduled for positive identification. If confirmed, a series of basic surveys are made and then the site is left for another day and the hunt is carried on for more wrecks.

The Crew

Paul “Brownie” Brown – Onboard ICE

Nationality: Australian

Skills: All dive certificates, qualified carpenter and joiner who love working and looking after timber. The last 3 years my passion for the ocean has become my driving force I have been an active member of Marine Rescue in Sydney as well as doing my Coxswain licence and any other boating course I could fit in. 

About me:  I picked up the travel and diving bug as soon as I left school I travelled all throughout Australia before taking on the world, were I have travel and set foot on all 7 continents .I have been lucky enough to have swam in Antarctica, dived in Alaska, been chased by a Tiger shark in New Guinea, worked with lions in Africa and caged dive with the great whites in cape town to name a few. 2013 saw me working in Antibes France on the Super Yacht’s before heading back to Sydney. Then off to Kota Kinbalau in Malaysia where I worked as a shipwright and crew. Now 2014 the next chapter of my life book I am lucky enough to become a crew member on ICE. The journey continues.

Annette Pfeffer – Onboard ICE

Nationality: German

Skills: Studied Design & Marketing, Good technological and digital know-how, all about photography, filming and media, lots of energy and motivation to learn new skills and to do everything what is necessary to get the expedition going, Padi open water diver

About me: I always loved to travel and to explore new places. 2013 I quit my job and my apartment. Same year September I left Germany to travel the world with the concept to just stay where I like, to do whatever comes up to me and where I feel a passion for. I met Don at Vuda Marina in Fiji where I jumped on board ICE.

Yauming Chiam – Onboard ICE

Nationality: Singapore

Skills: Scuba rescue diver, BA Honors in History with a Masters in History from La Trobe University, Australia.

About me: I have had a fascination for treasure hunting ever since I was a child reading the Tin Tin comics. The image of the hard hat divers clambering inside ship wrecks fills with great excitement. Watching the old Jacques Cousteau movies helped me gain a deeper appreciation for the ocean. So when this offer to join the Blue Treasure expedition came – my immediate response was to say yes.