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The Russian registered “Lena” was apprehended by the Royal Australian Navy after being observed poaching Patagonian Toothfish in Australian territory, 4000 kilometres south of Albany. The vessel was then brought to Fremantle and was placed under the control of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority where it was due to be scuttled in deep water. The Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry then put forward and won a bid to acquire the Lena with the intention of sinking the vessel as a local attraction.
On the 19th December 2003 the Lena was successfully scuttled by explosives 3 miles off the Bunbury coast. After 12 months of preparation as an artificial reef and dive attraction, the vessel came to rest with her bow heading to the west in 17 metres of water. The easily accessible wreck makes for an excellent dive site teeming with life, with much of the dive between 8 and 14 metres.