Martin Cridge, Captain of the Truk Master and stalwart of Dirty Dozen Expeditions, has passed away.
Cridge, one of the largest characters in Truk Lagoon, and the wreck and tech diving community as a whole, died suddenly on Friday June 18th while in the Marshall Islands.
Mik Jennings, business and commercial manager at Master Liveaboards, said about Cridge:
“His passing is incredibly unexpected and shocking to everyone who knew him and worked with him.
“There are very few people that knew more, or were more passionate about the wrecks and the diving in Chuuk and Bikini. Anyone who dived with him will have felt his infectious enthusiasm. Everyone who dealt directly with him at Master Liveaboards and The Dirty Dozen felt it too. Martin was absolutely pivotal in us developing Bikini Atoll as a destination for Master Liveaboards as well as building the reputation of Truk Master as a highly respected technical diving operation. Not only this but he was instrumental in the set up and success of The Dirty Dozen Expeditions in Truk and Bikini.”
“The diving world as a whole has lost an celebrated captain, cruise director, technical guru, passionate wreck historian, chamber operator, and just as importantly, possibly the only Huddersfield Town AFC fan in Micronesia. Master Liveaboards and The Dirty Dozen have lost one of their own family and his passing will leave a huge hole in their lives.”
Cridge is survived by his wife Elaine and young son Tyke. A crowdfunding page has been created, with the proceeds helping toward repatriating Cridge to his adopted home and supporting his family through this time.
To donate, go to gofundme.com.