A former fishing vessel was sunk off the coast of Rockingham to become part of a major dive attraction.
The 400-ton, 125 foot Saxon Ranger joins 10 existing wrecks on the floor of the 279sq kilometer West Coast Dive Park, off Rockingham.
The Saxon Ranger became the first purpose-sunk dive wreck in the metropolitan area and, according to Western Australian Tourism Minister Mark McGowan, will significantly boost tourism.
The burgeoning recreational diving industry contributes more than $500 million to the national economy, of which $120 million flows into Western Australia.
Local tourism officials decided to sink the vessel for the recreational scuba diving market over two years ago and the $450,000 endeavor was financed with federal and local government funding.
"A vessel such as the Saxon Ranger with three holds easily accessible to divers will be a significant added attraction in a dive park where wrecks date back to 1874," Housing and Works Minister Fran Logan said.
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