Diving to see the Lulu

Diving to see the Lulu

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This T-shirt commemorates the sinking of a ship and the birth of an new industry. This T-shirt commemorates the sinking of a ship and the birth of an new industry.
GULF SHORES, Alabama -

Within seconds of divers leaping off the back of a boat, the freighter sunk last month as Alabama's first diving reef comes into view. "It's gotten more and more growth every time we go out." And Mitch Craft has been going out a lot.

"We run at least 40 to 50 percent of our trips to The Lulu."

Nestled on the sandy bottom of the gulf in about 112 feet of water he says it's nothing less than amazing. "It's breathtaking. The second you get down. The second you can see the wreck. It has this ambiance of, it's just majestic. I don't know any other way to describe it."

Divers have been flocking to the ship and they are not the only ones. "Lots of snapper and grouper and large fish like that. We saw a sea turtle on it the other day a big loggerhead sea turtle," says Craft.

Now that The Lulu is safely on the bottom with frequent visitors it won't be there alone for long according to the man responsible for her being there in the first place.

"I promise by the end of the summer I will be down there." Mac McAleer says more diving reefs are planned. "It's a great way to start off our summer. Go out there sink something and have a party and beat the drum a little bit and build that industry."

An old ship that would have ended up as scrap metal now has a new life on the bottom of the gulf and more and more folks are diving to see it.

The Lulu is 17 miles off the coast of Orange Beach.

The top of the wreck is about 60 feet from the surface making it accessible for novice divers.

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