Recovery Operation Update #15
Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
CLEVELAND — Two vessels are deployed this morning and equipped with sonar, divers and NTSB equipment for search and recovery efforts.
One vessel, the Salvage Chief, headed to specific coordinates and is deploying divers who will utilize the underwater locator beacon detector (ULBD) to move toward the signal. The closer they get, the stronger the signal will be. However, visibility for divers in Lake Erie is maybe 2 – 3 inches, which is what makes the signals so significant to the search. As divers slowly move toward the signals, they will feel around the bottom of the lake for the aircraft. This will be a slow and deliberate process that may take several hours to search even a small area.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will deploy a vessel with crews from Cleveland Fire. Those crews will operate the drop sector sonar scanner to track the divers and get images of the bottom of the lake.
Vessels and crews from other partner agencies are on standby and ready to assist as needed.
Due to below zero wind chills, and snow and ice covered areas, shoreline searches by foot patrols, volunteers and the mounted unit will be limited. As weather permits, the Cleveland Division of Police will do shoreline searches for debris by air. Officers from the Cleveland Division of Police will be dispatched to respond to any reports of debris.