Risk your life with deep diving (Part 1)

Blue Hole in Aqaba Bay on Sinai peninsula especially attracts tourists who love diving. Dozens of adventurous people have lost their lives here over the years. 

The beach area is like a cemetery with 14 stone slabs commemorating the deep-diving people who lost their lives in Blue Hole – a deep blue funnel-shaped hole with a diameter of about 80 meters above the underground coral reef separating from the coast.

At a depth of 52 meters of Blue Hole, there is a cave opening that leads into a 26 meter long tunnel that runs across the reef and into the ocean. When he exited the tunnel, the sea floor gradually deepened – first 130 meters, then 150, 250, 300 and finally 800 meters! Tarek Omar, who once carried the bodies of tourists diving deep into the water, said he did not remember exactly how many bodies were recovered.

In the world, there are more deep diving spots that attract more tourists than Blue Hole in Dahab city, with more colorful glittering coral reefs, more exotic fish, shipwrecks, caves. But Blue Hole is considered the most famous diving spot in the world because it is the most dangerous – the factor is very suitable for those with adventurous blood.

There is no official victim list, but Tark Omar estimates that 130 people have lost their lives in the Blue Hole in the past 15 years. He likened the Blue Hole tragedies to the insanity of Mount Everest. Perhaps no one knows Blue Hole better than Tarek Omar. He was the first person to explore the Blue Hole, dive to the bottom and see dead bodies lying on the sea floor. Tarek Omar even holds the record for diving deep in the area: 209 meters!

Tarek Omar, 47, was born in a village near the border with Libya and is a nomad Arab from the Aulad Ali tribe. He came to Dahab City in 1989 to find a job. In 1992, Omar learned to dive and three years later became a coach in this deadly dangerous sport. Since then, Omar has carried many “missions” in Blue Hole. Bringing the body of a drowned human body out of the water is a “mission” of Omar.

Most of the bodies that Omar found were underwater at a depth of 100 to 120 meters. When he found the corpse, it took Omar only 5 minutes to tie it to his body and emerge into the water. When about 40 meters from the water, Omar lifted the body with an airbag.