By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos submitted by Dmitry Tomashov and used by permission
Dark Waters, a fascinating TV series, documenting the fate of stunning wrecks, which caught the imagination of explorers, is brought to life, thanks to the efforts of U Boat Malta and AQ Films Malta, featuring Richie Kohler and Dmitry Tomashov.
My name is Dmitry Tomashov and I am a submersible pilot and director of photography at U-boat Malta.
U-boat Malta started many years ago as a family business and evolved from a diving centre and film company into something much bigger!
We now have a support vessel with two submersibles, an ROV, a diving wet bell and a decompression chamber on board.
Our passion for diving and filming got to a whole new level, I dived many wrecks in my life and have been the first one to see several wrecks, ranging from, 2000 year old ancient shipwrecks full of amphorae to WW2 ships and U boats and finding tons of plastic garbage at a depth of 260 meters at a WW2 wreck.
One of the most interesting finds was a Luftwaffe Ju 88 located off Malta. When we first saw it, we didnʼt know what type it was, visibility was not so good.
The WW2 aircraft wreck was found upside down on the seabed, we knew it was a bomber, but couldn’t identify it.
After hovering for some time over the wreck I saw the outline of a cross on the wing , we carefully cleaned it and there it was ! A German insignia, white and black cross!
Usually wrecks are covered with corals and other marine life, but not this wreck, it was nearly intact, only the cockpit was destroyed.
Dark Waters is not just unique footage of a wreck, but a whole story behind it, how she ended up where she is now and what happened with people that were onboard.
The next series will follow the trip of U73 to Malta where she sunk 3 ships in the course of 2 days.
A Remastered version will be out in the coming months, accessible worldwide, via VOD (Video on Demand).
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