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Sunday
Jan302011

Shipwrecked

On our second day in Boubyan we sailed north near Khor Abdullah to see the wrecks of the two oil tankers destroyed in the war.  Until we started planning the trip, I knew nothing about them.  In fact I still don't know anything worth noting.  My work is in the oil industry and particularly on the shipping side - so this was familiar ground for me with a very unfamiliar scene.

It's hard to believe that in this mess, beauty can still find its way onto my camera film (or sensor).  The colours, the textures and the story behind them - whatever it may be - provided a great scene.  The calm sea and clear sky made it a breeze to capture. Timing was the final ingredient, and it too managed to be there perfectly... We arrived just before sunset and left when it got dark.  I hope you enjoy the images. 

Finally, please spare a thought and prayer to the brave men who keep these waters safe for you and me.  On a daily basis (and I know this for a fact!) there are infiltrators and smugglers who attempt to enter Kuwaiti waters from the north and east.  Earlier this month I attended the funeral of martyr Abdulrahman Al Wady of the Kuwait Coast Guard.  He was shot during a stop-and-search mission of an Iraqi 'fishing' boat. 

Reader Comments (7)

Surreal images- captivating and really make you think about the possible stories behind them. Nicely done.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUm Yousef

its almost poetic, as you can interpret the images, the scenes before you, the way you want to...! yes many untold stories...going to pieces!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

You couldnt have picked a more perfect time. Looks awesome as the sun sets. :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Just the other day, a close friend and I were discussing how these Coast Guard officers are somewhat forgotten. I was deeply saddened by the death of the martyr Abdulrahman Al Wady; I was even more saddened that the country didn't do something to honor him. I don't even think the flags were at flown half-mast. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

We rarely have heroes these days...

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi

I have friends at the Coast Guard and yes they are very often forgotten. To be fair, however, the martyr received a hero's funeral with the military and ministers present. I saw that myself. I also heard (but this is at this point unconfirmed) that they will be naming a building after him at one of their bases.

During this voyage we encountered a coast guard boat and greeted the men onboard. I later learned that he was one of them. الله يرحمه

February 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

Your photography is really impressive; very diverse and truly inspiring.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteratique

Man those ships looks like they really decayed!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

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