A geophysical survey off Candolim Beach, Goa was carried out during 25 to 31 October 2012 to investigate existence of metallic debris, where the then MV River Princess was grounded, at the request of Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Goa. The survey comprised of bathymetric, magnetic, sonographic and sub-bottom profiling. This was further backed up by underwater diving operations. (Images below show aerial and 3D bathymetric view of survey site).
Integrated interpretation of geophysical data supported by visual observations clearly show the presence of large remnants of a grounded ship at water depths approx. between 3 to 10 meters located off the Candolim Beach, where M.V. River Princess is known to have been grounded. While the penetration of the wreck into seabed could not be ascertained, a large part of the metallic structure is found to be exposed to water, protruding several feet above the seabed. The findings of the survey in the form of a report (enclosed) was submitted to the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Goa on 2 November 2012.
Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi, Director, Dr. A.K. Chaubey, The leader of the team, Shri Vasudev Mahale, S/Shri P. Marathe, Sundaresh, V. Khedekar, S.S. Gaonkar, G.A. Walker, D. Gracias, S. Bandodkar, Uday Maddrekar, R.A.A. Luis and Dattaram Harmalkar participated in the investigation. (Photos below: (1) The team at work, (2) Dr. Naqvi taking dive at site).