Stern lift update :: 8/31

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The stern lift sling from Rockwater 2 broke today while attempting to adjust a snagged messenger wire.

The ship had used the sling to lift Ehime Maru’s stern around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, but set it back down because of concerns about its placement under the stern. A second lift was attempted, but the sling apparently broke when the ship was about 24 feet above the ocean floor.

No details were immediately available because sediment prevented remotely operated vehicles from seeing the area. An assessment will be made once the sediment settles.

On Wednesday, the Navy successfully lifted Ehime Maru and pulled two messenger wires under the ship, but discovered the following day – after the water had cleared – that the forward messenger wire needed to be adjusted.

Updates will be made as information is available.

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Revised 8/31/01 at 10:07 p.m. (HST)