The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration ROV team finish up their post-dive check list. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deepwater Wonders of Wake. Download larger version (jpg, 3.4 MB).
We deployed the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for our fourth dive, but before we made it to the seafloor, the ship lost power. For a few tense moments, the ship was drifting while the ROV was in the water. With hard work and quick action by the ship's engineer, the power was back on and the ship was able to maneuver again in less than 10 minutes. Once power was restored, we recovered the ROV to troubleshoot the problem and make sure it would not happen again. While the engineers and ship's officers were troubleshooting, the mapping team completed mapping coverage of McDonnell Guyot.