adventurer dives to Sir Francis Drake's resting place
adventurer Michael Turner has returned from Panama where he dived
to Sir Francis Drake's resting place on the bottom of the sea.
Michael, 57, has spent much of his life writing about the British
explorer Sir Francis Drake and following his footsteps.
claims to be the world's only Sir Francis Drake world explorer
has just returned from his eleventh expedition to Panama.
is the Panamanian interest in Drake, Michael gave two illustrated
talks - to Panama's prestigious and exclusive society the Union
Club and to the Panama History Society.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The main reason for such a quick
return after my recent visit in February
was that due to a lack of rain, the level of Lake Alajuela has
been so low that it revealed the site of Venta de Chagres. This
was a staging post along the fabled Camino Real. This 'Royal Road'
linked the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Drake ransacked this settlement."
and his team of Panamanian residents found 16th-century artefacts
such as a horsemans spur, horse and mule shoes and nails,
a barrel stave and a 15th-century clay pot intact.
also completed seventeen video clips documenting Drake`s adventures
and his longtime friend, Rene Gomez, proprietor of ScubaPanama,
became the first divers ever to reach the seabed at the theoretic
site of Drake's 'Cophin of Lead.'
descended 176 feet into the blue abyss on just one tank of air
each, 2.4 nautical miles off Portobelo.
'bounce dive' lasted 15 minutes and Michael says no other people
have been so physically close to the remains of Sir Francis Drake.
added: "We were surprised and delighted to see a turtle at
150 feet, afterwards it was a relief to see the grey mud of the
seabed coming into view. This was the first time that anybody
has paid their respects so close to Drake's grave."
gives more details about his interest in Drake and the books he
has written. His videos of what the seabed looks like that surround
Drake's final resting place will be there shortly.
Michael Turner and Rene Gomez after their inspirational dive