Divers able to get into Lake Erie to check USS The Sullivans

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ/WHEC) — Divers were able to get into Lake Erie Wednesday to assess the U.S.S. The Sullivans for damage a week after the ship began taking on water in the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Teams initially planned on getting in the water on Tuesday, but the water was too choppy, so they rescheduled.

Coast Guard divers checked the hull of the 78-year-old ship with the help of an underwater drone.

Crews were able to contain leaking oil, which was one of the team’s three major concerns on Tuesday.

The destroyer is a historic landmark and was named after five brothers from Iowa who died together on the U.S.S. Juneau in 1942.

The Sullivans saw battle in WWII and the Korean War before being decommissioned in 1965.