OHP suspends operation to pull calls from water
|Updated: 11/14/2013 4:20 pm
||Published: 11/14/2013 3:27 pm
The OHP suspended efforts to recover submerged vehicles at the McClellan-Kerr Navigation channel in Rogers County.
Troopers said several of the submerged vehicles are silted in to nearly
concrete-like conditions. Some of the target vehicles are submerged nearly a tenth of a mile downstream and most wreckers are not equipped to make recovery at such distances. Underwater debris which has collected onto the cars combined with sharp metal, old fishing line and other factors make it unsafe for the divers to continue.
OHP's Marine Enforcement Rescue and Recovery unit reassessed the situation, and will collaborate with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in heavy equipment at a later date. Plans for recovery will be made using a Corps barge equipped with a side lift crane to make lifting the vehicles easier and safer for all involved.
Troopers will re-evaluate all factors including equipment, weather and terrain conditions and determine a new date for retrieval.
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