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Among Skiathos and Thessaly is one of the most dangerous reefs, the reef Lefteris or Mirmix, with water depths of 1-2 meters. The reef has a length from north to south about 180 meters and width 80. Irodotos reports that, during the invasion of the Persians in Greece, three of the Persian galleys of the king Xerxes ran into the reef and sank. The Persians carried blocks of stone weight of 700-1.200 pounds and built on top of it a stone column to highlight the risk.
Divings around the reef offer a unique experience. Cliffs lost in blue, countless corals, modern wrecks and vigorous underwater life compose an amazing underwater scenery.
The German commercial ship "Volos" (ex Thasos) 85,6meters was built in 1902, crashed and sunk on Lefteris reef on 21/2/1931.
The ship was loaded with tobacco, oil and mineral spirits and was traveling from Istanbul to Edinburg through Thessaloniki – Volos.
The crew was transferred to Volos from the Sweden ship S/S Belos. Few years later the crashed-ship had the leading role to a historical documentary film, “Menschen unten Heien” (Men among Sharks) of the Austrian marine biologist Hans Hass. In the film among others you can see parts of the ship, like a wooden steering wheel, that unfortunately was taken away from the local sponge divers. You can also descry the ship in vertical position with the foremast pumping up the surface of the sea. Few years later the ship slipped away deeper and today’s location is in 35-64meters by the side on the bottom of the sea, being maybe one of the most beautiful shipwreck in Greece and not even.
The cargo ship "Vera" (58m. long) was built in 1956 at Holland and crashed on Lefteris Reef in 10/2/1999 heading from “LARKO” locations in Larimna Fthiotidas (in the northern Evoikos), with a cargo of 1,160 tons of rust, to Thessaloniki.
The ship was aground for some time because the weather coditions did not encourage its detachment.
A few months later, it broke in two piecies and sank to a depth of 25 meters. The crew was transferred safely in Platanias (Pelion) from the fish boat "Koula". Its bow is standing at a vertical position, while its stern a few meters further lies at the bottom on its side.
Today it hosts an interesting marine ecosystem, which in combination with the mysterious atmosphere of the wreck and its ideal depth of 7-27m. converts the wreck "Vera" a pole of attraction for diving lovers which will fascinate even the most demanding diver.