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(Yahoo)   That US Navy minesweeper is still stuck on the reef and can't get off on her own. New plan: open her wide and tear her a new one   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 4
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2013-01-30 10:18:39 AM  
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Karac: I wonder how many out of the box ideas have been spitballed for this thing or how many people just don't want to chance being associated with the epic fail.

You could try the aforementioned Ping-Pong balls; they worked on mythbusters, although that yacht was fully submerged. Or maybe putting strap some inflatable air bags around the hull. According to Wikipedia, the ship weighs in at around 1300 tons, and the record lift capacity for helicopters is around 44.

Maybe unload all the fuel, weapons, bunk beds, ice cream in the freezer - basically unbolt & part out everything you can to make the thing lighter, then wait for max high tide, try to lift it and pull it off with a tug. It wouldn't take any longer than showing up with a bunch of cutting torches and trying to figure a safe way to dismantle the thing.


Oh oh. There's a quart missing.
2013-01-30 09:35:46 AM  
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Wait for Global Warming to raise the sea a couple of feet and she will be good to go!
2013-01-30 09:29:05 AM  
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Bollocks to the bad chart excuse. They didn't keep a proper lookout, didn't apparently either use or read the extensive forward sonar array they must have (warning: Coral cliff ahead!) and didn't keep a proper distance from known hazards. Bad chart, my bilge pump.

Everyone involved should be turned into ladled chum.

/have run aground and got off myself without aid or further damage.
2013-01-30 04:01:17 AM  
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In the days since, the Navy was unable to tow the ship off the reef as poor sea conditions complicated the salvage effort.

Yeah, those seas look pretty brutal. One to two foot waves, at least.

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