Cypriots this summer seem to have also ‘discovered’ the magnificent sunsets at Peyia’s Sea Caves where Edro III shipwreck is disabled and visits there are in abundance, Philenews reports.
Paphos district authorities said crowds gather at the specific spot just before sunset with locals far outnumbering tourists – unlike the trend of previous years.
“The ship-wreck has long been a tourist and photographer’s favourite, especially at sunset…civil weddings used to take place there as well, but coronavirus has put the brakes on this – hopefully only temporarily,” a Peyia council spokesman said.
The 83 meter long, 2,517 ton freighter ran aground in stormy weather in the Sea Caves area between Coral Bay and St. George’s Island in December 2011.
The Edro III left Limassol the previous day in bad weather with a cargo of plasterboard bound for Rhodes. The strong winds and rough seas caused the vessel to drift off course when it struck a rock and ran into trouble about ten miles from the shore of Paphos and became disabled.
The Edro III drifted until it finally went ashore near Peyia, hitting the rocks. The ship got stuck broadside approximately 15 metres from the shore with the bow wedged in a rocky stretch of the beach.
The nine crew members of the ship – seven Albanians and two Egyptians – were brought ashore at the time by helicopter.
The Edro III was built in 1966 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted at Tonsberg in Norway. At the time of the accident it was registered at Freetown in Sierra Leone.