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Bahamas Chatter: “Cable Near Anchor on Great Inagua Chart” plus 1 more Read More
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 01:51 PM PDT
Thanks to a cruiser for alerting us to the danger of an anchor near a submarine cable on the Great Inagua GI 3 . He reported that he anchored at 20° 58.308’N / 73° 40.840W.
We have studied several satellite photos of the area near the position of the anchor on Chart GI 3 at the very top of the chart. One of the photos appears to show traces of three possible cable trenches just east of this position. They lead to a track through the brush inland. A search world submarine cables and shows three cables terminating at Matthew Town, Great Inagua. From there the cables run to Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The world cable map is not of a large enough scale to be specific as to the exact position of where the cables land. US NGA charts, used as a reference, don’t show any cables landing on Great Inagua.
We will immediately remove the anchor from the data base and all future charts and post an update on the Explorer Charts web site.
Buried cable off Great Inagua
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 03:52 AM PDT
Tuesday we were anchored off Matthew Town on Great Inagua near the airport and when we went to raise our anchor we found it caught on a thick cable. I dove on it and found it to be about 3″ so it is probably a communications cable because when we were on shore we noticed a BTC facility near where we were anchored. The cable is not on charts and there is no warning sign visible. When I dove on the anchor when setting it there was no sign of the cable or that we were hooking to it. The cable must be new.