While their families got sick from contaminated water, these Navy divers were tasked with fixing it

Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One performs inspection and sampling of affected Red Hill Shaft water well, December 2021. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aja Bleu Jackson/U.S. Navy). After nearly 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked into the Navy’s water supply in Hawaii, Navy divers were tasked with finding the problem they saw coming out of their water faucets at home.  Divers with Pearl Harbor’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU1)  became “unlikely first-responders” to the November fuel leak at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, according to a report from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. But this assignment was different. They were seeing the impacts of the problem they were trying to fix in their own homes, where some of the their family members were seeing symptoms of exposure. “I had never experienced something like this before where my family, especially my wife, was so ill, and then I was tasked to go respond to the cleanup efforts of the thing that makes my wife sick and made my family sick — and then made me sick, for that matter,” said Senior Chief Master Diver Brian Simic, who has since retired. “You see exactly where your water is coming from. You…

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While their families got sick from contaminated water, these Navy divers were tasked with fixing it

Updated: August 9, 2022 — 10:26 am