Built in 1963, the Hema 1 is a 170 feet / 50m freighter which was on its way back from Grenada to Trinidad. In rough seas the ship started to take on water and as the bilge pump wasn’t working properly the Captain couldn’t make it back to the protected harbor of Grenada. The Hema 1 sank on the 5th of March 2005, approximately 4 miles off the south coast of Grenada and in consequence straight out of Prickly Bay.
Grenada’s coast guard managed to rescue all crew members. Today the ship wreck lies 100 feet / 30m bellow the water on its starboard side. Due to its location in the Atlantic the Hema 1 is exposed to strong currents, which makes diving a real challenge. The wreck itself a hideaway for nurse sharks, reef sharks and eagle rays. Great barracudas are always around and approach divers closely.
The Hema 1 is together with the King Mitch one of the most challenging and rewarding dives on Grenada. You should consider diving those wrecks with Nitrox. It not only gives you additional safety, it increases your no decompression limit by at least 60 percent.