English Channel

Hospital Ships: Casualties of WWI

Lanfranc is a huge wreck that needs several dives to fully appreciate. Photo by Steve Jones.

In World War I, unrestricted warfare meant ships that were traditionally off limits became targets for surprise attacks by German U-boats. Steve Jones visits two of the most endearing wrecks in the English Channel that were a direct result of this highly controversial policy.

The chamber has been operated by St John Ambulance for the past 40 years

Closed Channel Island recompression chamber to be replaced

he old chamber which is over 40 years old, was run by St John Ambulance & Rescue Service and used to treat divers with decompression sickness until it was closed in April. It was solely funded by public donations and located at the Ambulance Station on the outskirts of Guernsey’s main town, St Peter Port.