Navy divers spot first body in sunken Japanese ship |

Navy divers spot first body in sunken Japanese ship


HONOLULU (AP) – Navy divers on Tuesday spotted the first body inside the sunken hull of a Japanese fishing vessel that was rammed eight months ago by a U.S. submarine.

The remains were seen by divers using cameras to survey the Ehime Maru; they had not entered the vessel. They hoped to recover the body later, said Lt. Commander Gregg Baumann, spokesman for the operation to recover the bodies of nine men and boys who went down with the ship.

Baumann gave few details about the discovery. He said the Navy does not want to raise false expectations by giving details of where the body was found, since some families know about where on the ship their loved ones were.

Divers got their first upclose glimpse of the vessel Monday after it was towed 14 miles from its 2,000-foot-deep resting place to a shallow-water recovery site.

Representatives of two families were in Hawaii as the recovery operation began. Divers were expected to work round-the-clock for a month to search the fisheries training vessel, which was hit by the USS Greeneville submarine Feb. 9 during an emergency surfacing exercise.

The unprecedented recovery operation has cost the Navy more than $60 million.

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