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Misfortune Follows the Siren Fleet

is there something inherently wrong?

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Is the Siren fleet of liveaboards jinxed? Fiji Siren is the latest liveaboard in the Siren fleet to sink during a diving voyage. After being driven aground by Cyclone Winston back in February 2016 and successfully recovered, it appears the vessel struck an unseen object in the early hours while under way in Fiji in the Bligh Channel, close to the Namena Reserve, between Vanua Levu and the island of Nakodu.

When it occurred, it evidently didn't sound or feel too serious. Passenger Ross Hoek from Michigan told the Fiji Sun that he was awoken at 1:30 a.m. by the sound of an impact, a single hit, "maybe like a log in the propeller would feel . . . the impact felt small to me." Unconcerned, he went back to sleep.

In fact, the wooden hull was breached close to the engine room. Members of the crew grabbed tanks and immediately dived under the hull in an attempt to stem the flow of water into the hull using epoxy resin. Above, the crew was able to pump out close to four tons of seawater per minute, but they made no real headway against the water flooding in. The captain turned the vessel toward land while making emergency calls from the boat's marine VHF, but they went unanswered....

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