USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned rescue ship used by the US Navy during the World War 2, will be sunk in the Cayman Islands to make an artificial reef. The 250 feet Kittiwake was made in 1945 and was decommissioned in the year 1994. This ship will be submerged in June next year near the Seven Mile beach which is one of the best beaches in the world. Shipwrecks have been considered as areas of interest for diving and exploring the underwater life for divers. This will not only be interesting for divers and snorkelers but also help preserve Kittiwake as well as the environment. Kittiwake has a glorious past and thus, its history will be publicity enough to attract more tourists to the Cayman Islands.
This step is considered as a pilot project for exporting a ship to a foreign country by USA and the strict laws of the Cayman regarding creation of an artificial reef made it more difficult, said Ms Easterbrook, project manager Kittiwake for CITA (Cayman Islands Tourism Association).