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The Cozumel Wreck or Felipe Xicotancatl C-53 is the only wreck dive on Cozumel situated offshore Chankanaab Park.
|Name Dive Site:||Felipe Xicotancatl C-53, Cozumel Wreck|
|Depth: ||10-25m (32-82ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||pro_tec_cozumel|
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Originally built in Tampa, Florida at the Wilson Marine Shipworks in 1944. The wreck Felipe Xicotancatl C-53 or Cozumel Wreck measures 184 feet long, 33 feet wide and 40 feet high from keel to the top of the super structure, this ship was put into service as mine sweeper for the US Navy.
In 1962 this boat was sold to the Mexican Navy, converted to an Admiral Class gun boat and named and numbered Felipe Xicotancatl C-53. From 1962 to 1999 she patrolled the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean Sea serving in rescue missions and patrolling for illegal arms and drugs. After 55 years of service C-53 was decommissioned and later donated to Cozumel Island Marine Park. C-53 was sunk in 1999 in 25meter of water just off shore from Chankanaab Park. This dive site is the only wreck dive in Cozumel (of course not counting the old plane wreck that is a rubble dive not a wreck dive). The C-53 is a very popular dive for pleasure diving and an excellent training location for divers interested in any level of Wreck Diving Training.
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