July 13, 2008
As I stated before in an earlier entry, the optics team lost their equipment overboard. It is still incomprehensible for me to image how they feel. Earlier the Coast Guard and the chief scientist worked out a plan that today would be a good day to go back to the spot where the device was lost and deploy the small boats and look for it. This time the Coast Guard was armed with video cameras and lights to see the bottom. It was a valiant effort but after four hours, they had to give up.
Since there wasn't any science going on for quite a while, Pat and a few guys and I decide to take in a movie. I picked 300. God I love that movie. Halfway into the movie we hear a pipe calling all hands to muster in the mess to help with the optics recovery. We turned off the movie and got our orders. We were handed fishing poles! As a last ditch effort, we loaded up our lines with weight and hooks and hoped to snag the optics device. It was cold and windy but there were about 12 of us giving it a shot. It was fruitless.
After my fingers thawed, I finished writing up my conversations with the core sampling team.