first stop of the Reef Ball tours in the following year was the region of
Bosmolenplas. It is no coincidence that the first site beyond Switzerland was
in the Netherlands. The Dutch DCs are in general very conscious about
environmental issues and eager to get involved.
Huyskens, the owner of the DC “Aegir-Stingray”, was inspired by our
presentation at the fair “Boot” in Düsseldorf/ Germany and recognized
particularly the qualities of the concept in case of lifeless areas. Although
the gravel pits in the waters of Bosmolenplas were just the place for the
concept’s unique possibilities to unfold, the government officials were not
easily convinced about the idea.
But when the official immersion of the 50 Reef Balls was celebrated joyfully on June 23, the mayor of the community of Heel, Mr. Van Soest, insisted on uncovering and sinking the Reef Balls himself. From there divers of the “Stingray Diver Society” took over and transported the forms to the actual position. To make sure the ordinary diving activities were not disturbed and a maximum of security was guaranteed, the event had begun in the late afternoon.
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