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JUL 2017

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28 st / July 2017 Global was called to the scene and immediately started to evaluate the site. "We got familiar with the vessel and its surroundings: the water depth, the currents, weather and other navigational obstructions," said Global Salvage Officer Kyle Watson. "We also put divers in the water to give us an overall under- standing of the vessel to see if they could identify a potential cause of sinking." The divers didn't find any exterior damage to the vessel, so Global determined there was likely a leak in a pipe, a shaft or elsewhere inside the engine room that caused the boat to flood and sink. "Since it didn't have any smoking gun damage," said Watson, "there was a high likelihood we could make it float again without having to do any kind of extensive repairs." Approach After evaluating several options, Global decided to raise N o two salvage operations are alike. The team at Global Diving & Salvage Inc. knows that the differences are what make every project a challenge. When the Spirit of Sacramento sank in September 2016, the Global crew was called in to salvage the vessel. The project proved that the most difficult cases are often the most rewarding, and there are few situations that teamwork and ingenuity can't overcome. The Spirit of Sacramento, a sternwheeler, was known for carrying tourists along the Sacramento River to and from the California Delta. One day, with just two crew members aboard, the ves- sel encountered a serious problem. Water started pouring into the engine room, eventually causing downflooding and capsizing the vessel. The crew escaped unharmed, but the vessel sank to the seafloor with a reported 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board. With the potential for serious environmental damage, Vessel Salvage With Environmental Concerns Spirit of Sacramento Salvaged with Eye on Pollution Prevention By Lara Mayer The keel of the Spirit of Sacramento is visible above the water line after capsizing in September 2016.

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