• Kyodo


High waves and strong winds Friday prevented the U.S. Navy from lifting the stern of the Ehime Maru, the Japanese high school fisheries training vessel that was hit and sunk by a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine in February, to reposition one of two lead wires, a Navy official said.

The positioning of the two wires, called messenger wires, is critical to the rigging and transporting of the ship from its current location at a depth of about 600 meters to a shallow shoal, where divers will attempt to retrieve the remains and personal effects of the nine people who were lost in the collision.

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