I am back to tell you a little of my last 12 days. As I mentioned in a previous posting I have been employed as a contracted salvage diver to work on recovery operations at the Minneapolis bridge collapse over the Mississippi river. I must start by saying that I cannot give any exacting details as I have signed a legal document agreeing to not divulge any crucial information until the investigation process has ended. That will probably take a year. I cannot comment on theoretical causes of the collapse or the like. I leave that to the investigators. They are doing a great job and are being very diligent to uncover every detail, document it, and follow through with thorough investigation. I firmly believe they will do their absolute best to determine what went wrong and provide great feedback to help prevent this from happening elsewhere.
I worked for 12 days and now am enjoying 6 days off. I will return to duty on 19AUG07. The diving conditions were very frightening. Almost zero visibility with broken concrete from the size of small buildings all the way down to dust. More re-bar than I ever knew existed in the entire world. Smashed cars filled with silt and in some cases even dead bodies. One of our divers on my team almost died when he became entangled in debris. Thankfully he got out OK. The bridge wreckage still continues to “bleed” fine concrete dust into the water. If you look at a top down shot you can see this. The downriver side of the bridge has a trailing of brownish powder suspended in the water while the upriver side is much clearer. We worked hard to get vehicles lifted out. Strapping crane lift harnesses to vehicles. We pulled out and moved heavy bridge debris as well. They are doing a great job of taking pictures of EVERYTHING. If there are any facts out there they will find them. I would once again please ask you to pray for the victims and their families. There are family members that I saw every single day at the shore looking on to see if their loved one’s vehicle came up. They hold no illusions about finding their loved ones alive but they need some sense of closure and peace.