Holes lose their blow

Since Hurricane Ivan one of Cayman’s most popular tourist attractions has not even as much as blown a spray.

Huge tree trunks and other debris washed in by high seas from Ivan plugged up the Blow Holes at East End.

On Monday, divers from the Department of Environment and Ocean Frontiers, along with East End MLA Arden McLean and Iamco staffers worked for hours trying to unplug the holes, to no avail.

Using a huge boat provided by Ocean Frontiers, a dive company in East End, the divers tied ropes to the trapped tree trucks, which were then hooked on to the boat to try and free the trapped hole.

After a number of attempts of pulling and tugging, the ropes just kept snapping leaving the group to find other alternatives to the dilemma.

‘When we were approached by East End MLA Arden Mclean to see if we could clear the debris we thought it would be an easy job. But on close inspection we found the holes so packed that it was impossible to clear just using simple manpower and the boat,’ said DOE Marine Enforcement Officer for East End, Andy Hope.

‘It is quite a big job and special hydraulic under water cutting tools used by the DOE will have to be brought in to see if we can drill holes in the tree stumps. Divers will then tie the stumps with ropes to give it another try.

‘Unfortunately sightseers will have to wait until the New Year to see the blow in its full glory. Because the holiday season is right around the corner we will stop working for this year and continue in the New Year,” said Mr. Hope

‘Something has to work,’ said Mr. Mclean. ‘The Blow Holes are an historical landmark and what ever it takes we have to get the debris out.’

Mr. McLean said he is positive that with help they would have the holes cleared in no time.

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