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April 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Big and Unnecessary Disappointments

the Solmar V leaves passengers with nowhere to go

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Dear Undercurrent,

At the last minute, I booked an 11-night February 7 departure to Socorro aboard Solmar V and paid on January 20. I booked through a British dive travel agent but made my own arrangements regarding flights, land transfers, and accommodation en route.

I left the UK on February 4, transiting through a freezing Dallas, and arrived in Cabo San Lucas on February 5. After I checked into a hotel, I looked at the emails I had missed during my journey across the world.

I was shocked to read a brief message from Pacific Fleet (the operating company), including a brief letter from its CEO, advising that the departure of Solmar V had been canceled.

Ringing the office of Pacific Fleet to get further information, I was advised that it was necessary to lift the vessel from the water and that the lifting facilities at Cabo San Lucas were not working. The vessel had to go to La Paz. It would not be back in the water for 10 days....


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