Thursday, November 30, 2023

Divers Conduct Detailed Survey Of I-124 Wreck


A team of divers has conducted the first-ever major survey of the wreck of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Australia.

The boat was laying mines outside Darwin harbor during World War II when it was engaged and sunk by Australian forces, with the loss of all 80 men onboard.

The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Northern Territory Government. A team of technical divers and archaeologists undertook the challenge of documenting as much of the wreck as possible, and their efforts included building a detailed 3D model of the wreck.

Up to now, the submarine has been very difficult to survey due to several reasons, including its location, which is prone to strong tides and murky waters. The boat’s depth further complicated the survey since the sub is lying just outside the recreational diving range in 53m/173ft of water.

You can check out a video of the I-124 survey below.

Survey of the I-124 Submarine

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for