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Shipwrecks and scuba symposium Oct. 21 at Kalahari

• Oct 1, 2017 at 8:39 AM

SANDUSKY — Deep sea detective Richie Kohler will be the featured speaker at the annual Shipwrecks and Scuba Symposium at The Kalahari Resort on Oct. 21.

Kohler, along with John Chatterton, identified and researched the German World War II submarine U-869 which resulted in one of the most watched documentaries on public television. Kalahari extended their discount package, which includes four tickets to its water park. Tickets are still available for the 34th annual Shipwreck Symposium sponsored by the local dive club, Bay Area Divers.

Kohler and Chatterton continued their undersea explorations by appearing in 57 episodes of “Deep Sea Detectives” on the History Channel. One such expedition led them to Lake Huron where they documented a shipwreck with the assistance of a local Bellevue teacher, the late Joyce Hayward. Because of Hayward’s involvement with the shipwreck survey, the “Deep Sea Detectives” were the main presenters at the Bay Area Divers Shipwreck Banquet in 2007.

Kohler has continued his exploration of the undersea world which includes the topic of his presentation at this year’s Shipwreck Banquet. He will explain his theory behind the sinking of the two Olympian sister ships, the Titanic and the Britannic. Kohler documented his deep dive on the Britannic which was sunk in the Mediterranean. As a result of his research, he has written a book entitled “Mystery of the Last Olympian.” 

In addition to the evening banquet program, there will be daytime presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by local and out-of-state divers concerning topics of underwater adventures.

For reservations and more information, visit www.shipwrecksandscuba.com.

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