Submarine Reef

A former U.S. Navy ship was intentionally sunk Wednesday to create a reef near the Cayman Islands. The USS Kittiwake, a submarine rescue ship built in 1945, now rests 62 feet below the ocean’s surface in clear water. The ship’s 47-foot height makes it easily accessible to snorkelers and divers.

Crews carefully punched holes in the hull and used large pumps to pipe in seawater. The purpose: to make sure the ship landed upright on the ocean floor. That mission was accomplished. The sunken vessel should attract both tourists and fish.

Click here to see video of the sinking.


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