Recovery Operations Update # 20

Recovery Operations Update # 20

January 11, 2017 @ 12:00 p.m.

Crews aboard Underwater Marine Contractors’ 50-ft Salvage Chief and the Army Corps of Engineers’ 70-ft Donlon were on the water by 7:30 a.m. today.  Both vessels in use today are equipped with sonar that will be used to take images of the bottom of the lake and track divers. The US Coast Guard broke up ice in the harbor yesterday, hoping to make it easier for the vessels to get to the dive sites. Great Lakes Towing Company has an ice breaker on standby should it be needed today.

Divers entered the water just before 9:30 a.m. Crews have recovered additional debris from the aircraft today, some of which are larger pieces. Once the debris has been processed and the families have been notified, we will provide an update.

We ask that you continue to respect the family by only sharing information that has been confirmed.

Cleveland Division of Police will continue foot patrols and helicopter searches along the shoreline as weather conditions allow.

Anyone who sees debris along the shoreline that could be relevant to this investigation should report it to the Cleveland Division of Police non-emergency number: 216-621-1234. Please don’t touch the debris;  investigators will collect debris and investigate it to see if it is relevant to this investigation.