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Relitto Pomonte Marina di Campo Diving

Eliscott Pomonte wreck

Wreck of the Elviscott ship which sank following a storm in 1972. It lies tilted on the starboard side on a shallow seabed. Immersion open to all and very beautiful due to the play of light that is created at certain hours of the day. Habitat for many species of schooling fish, looking carefully among the sheets you can see congers, groupers and small moray eels.
We dive into the south-west side of Elba, and more precisely near the Ogliera rock in front of the small beach of Pomonte. Here, on 10 January 1972, the Elviscot, a 499-ton Italian cargo ship, departing from Naples and bound for Marseille, sank and ended up on the rocks, fortunately without consequences for the crew.
The wreck remained with the semi-sunken bow stranded on the rocks, constituting a potential danger for swimmers on the nearby beach. For this reason, the hull was soon partly recovered and the rest completely sunk. Now the entire stern, the bridge and part of the forward side lie on the sandy bottom, on the east side of the Ogliera rock, just 8-12 meters deep; the small ship appears resting on its right side with the stern facing the open sea.
The shallow depth and the almost absence of currents make diving at the Pomonte wreck one of the dives suitable even for less experienced divers and snorkelers, but in any case it is best not to underestimate the small depth, because it is still a diving on a wreck, therefore it must be approached with the usual prudence and caution.
Penetration into the wreck is advisable for divers with a good level of experience and, even better, with a diving guide.
The bridge, or at least what remains of it, can be easily visited through the enormous upper opening. Passing inside the smokestack (an operation recommended only for the most expert), we can arrive without particular problems, straight up to the engine room where the entire engine system is still clearly recognisable.
Two large openings located at the stern allow you to go up along a corridor, where among suggestive plays of light, created by the sun's rays that penetrate through the slits and portholes, you reach the bridge.
The hull, completely covered in algae, colored sponges and marine microorganisms such as the beautiful spirographs, has become a safe refuge for many fish. In some places small schools of bream, banded bream, turbot, sole, mullet and a few isolated croakers swim, while groupers, moray eels and conger eels seem to prefer the narrow spaces of the twisted metal sheets of the bow side.
The wreck with its play of light gives photographers the opportunity to take beautiful photos.

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