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Navy divers describe conditions within the contaminated Red Hill well and how the mission affected them

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                                The divers juggled the mission while wondering how the spill was affecting their own lives. Now-retired Senior Chief Master Diver Brian Simic, 40, said that his family became seriously ill from fuel exposure.

    COURTESY U.S. NAVY

    The divers juggled the mission while wondering how the spill was affecting their own lives. Now-retired Senior Chief Master Diver Brian Simic, 40, said that his family became seriously ill from fuel exposure.

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                                Members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One watched a live feed of the mission from the Red Hill well pump room on Dec. 12. The unit worked in the well from December through February.

    KEVIN KNODELL / KKNODELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One watched a live feed of the mission from the Red Hill well pump room on Dec. 12. The unit worked in the well from December through February.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                U.S. Navy divers — Navy Diver 1st Class Andrew Gose, left, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Wilkins and Chief Navy Diver Melissa Nguyen — from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One were tasked with a three-month cleanup mission inside of the volcanic water well in the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility, after a catastrophic leak contaminated the drinking water for military families living around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in November.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    U.S. Navy divers — Navy Diver 1st Class Andrew Gose, left, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Wilkins and Chief Navy Diver Melissa Nguyen — from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One were tasked with a three-month cleanup mission inside of the volcanic water well in the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility, after a catastrophic leak contaminated the drinking water for military families living around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in November.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aluminum scuba bottles at the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One shop.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Aluminum scuba bottles at the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One shop.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A Morgan Kirby KM 37 Diving Helmet, which the divers used in the water of the well.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A Morgan Kirby KM 37 Diving Helmet, which the divers used in the water of the well.

For three months members of the Pearl Harbor-based Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One worked inside the Navy’s contaminated Red Hill water well, becoming unlikely front-line responders to the crisis. Read more

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