Rockwater 2 sets Ehime Maru down at shallow water recovery site

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Oct. 14, 2001

At 3:22 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, Rockwater 2 successfully set Ehime Maru down on the bottom at the shallow water recovery site one mile south of Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway.

“The successful relocation of Ehime Maru now opens the window of opportunity to complete our mission of recovery of crew member remains and personal effects,” said Rear Adm. Bill Klemm, Ehime Maru recovery operation commander. “We have completed the highest technical risk evolution in our effort and now embark on the highest personnel risk. Safety of our personnel will be our primary driver in the diving operations,” according to Klemm.

On Monday morning, Oct. 15, the Navy will move the diving support barge into position over Ehime Maru. Once Ehime Maru has settled for 24 hours, Navy scuba divers will do an external survey of Ehime Maru. Surface supplied diving will begin 24 hours later, with the first task being clearance of hazards and obstructions from the exterior of Ehime Maru.
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Revised 10/14/01 at 6:30 p.m. (HST)