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Jeff McDonald and Carl Wood hooking up Alvin.

Give 'em the hook

Following a June 2008 dive off the west coast of Mexico, Alvin technician Jeff McDonald and Atlantis' steward Carl Wood reach for the submersible’s tail line in preparation for “recovery” to the research vessel Atlantis. Once hooked on, the line draws the sub close to the stern and beneath the heavy lift line. The A-Frame Operator lowers the lift line, and the swimmers place its eye over Alvin's lifting T. As the sub rises out of the water, the swimmers dive or jump into the sea. (Photo by Lance Wills, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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