Lieutenant Jason Franz of the U.S. Coast Guard said they have conducted a three-dimensional sonar study of the bottom of Kentucky Lake around the bridge and that the data is being crunched and the model is being built.
“That will help us have a proper salvage plan for removal of the debris,” said Franz.
After they get a solid picture of what the bottom looks like, they’ll have a better idea of how long the salvage operation will take, but Franz said they didn’t know yet. However, he said the sonar operation started last Tuesday and was essentially a two-day operation.
In early June, a law firm representing Foss Maritime – the company out of Seattle, Wash., that owns the M/V Delta Mariner – contacted Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries and Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller about the possibility of donating a portion of the salvage cost to the two counties’ various rescue and emergency operations in exchange for not being on the hook for the salvage operation.
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