Sea Cadet divers examine the SEAVEIW FALCON ROV.

Cadets Work with Commercial ROV Professional

Published in Great Lakes Division Report July 31– August 9, 2009

The Great Lakes Division, known for training excellence in SCUBA diving, enhanced the depths of underwater investigation by teaming up with international ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) manufacturer, SEAVIEW and it’s president, Matthew Cook. As part of the Second Summer Training, Mr. Cook introduced the 200 lb. FALCON ROV unit on board the Pride of Michigan. Cadets performed in all the technological operations of the Falcon, including launching and retrieval, deploying and controlling cable and controlling the ROV’s maneuvers as it explored hundreds of feet below the surface. The ROV’s capabilities made an amazing discovery possible!

Sea Cadets of the Great Lakes Division Elite Dive Team escorted the Michigan State Marine Archeologist, Wayne Lusardi to an underwater cave site which was located by LT. Kathy Trax during explorations in fall of 2008. Mr. Lusardi, with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve in Alpena, Michigan, investigated the cave as a possible site of human habitation in ancient times. The cave is situated near the remains of an ancient waterfall which was active thousands of years ago, but became submerge as the levels of the Great Lakes surged higher.

A vent was discovered at the apex of the cave, an indication that humans may have used it as a shelter in the distant past and could have kept a fire burning inside. Further study and excavation will be required to prove human habitation, and the Great Lakes Division divers will be present to participate as the project
progresses.

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