It was reported that some destructive homemade bombs ready for detonation were found at the wreck of HMS Repulse that sunk in 1941. It was known as a war grave.
David Yiu, Director of Friendly Waters Seaports Pte., dived the wreck to put a memorial flag to honour and remember the 508 men aboard the HMS Repulse who were killed when a Japanese aircraft dropped tornadoes and bombs on the vessel on December 10, 1941.
“New fuses and cables had been laid all across the hull and tin cans containing explosives were in place”, Mr Yiu reported. Yiu and his partners removed as many cables as they could, including the metal scrap merchants? berth ropes.
Yiu said that they heard a loud explosion when they were diving and it seemed it was from HMS Repulse. As they got to on the deck, they were looking to where the HMS Prince of Wales lies, some 9 nautical miles away, through their binoculars but the vessel could not be seen. At that time, they might be after the other wrecks such as the famous two Dutch submarines.
Technical Dive & Wreck Expedition – HMS Repulse, HMS Prince of Wales
Reports were also verified about some stolen propellers from HMS Repulse. “And the wrecks were not leaking oil before because their hulls were intact, but the blasting has damaged the plates and knocked the rivets out, so the oil has started to seep out”, he said.
It was noted that in November, a Vietnamese fishing ship was impounded by the Malaysian Navy when divers were caught on one of wrecks.
Video: The Sinking of HMS Repulse & HMS Prince of Wales