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Able Seaman Patrick Hennessy dons his wetsuit just before Alvin was set to dive. Two swimmers always accompany the submarine before it goes underwater, and when it re-surfaces. They attach the lines that are used when Alvin is deployed and retrieved.

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At 7:45 a.m, Alvin is in the water with Alvin Pilot Bruce Strickrott and Co-Chief Scientists Jess Adkins and Dan Scheirer inside. Chief Pilot BLee Williams, in the wetsuit, and Able Seaman Patrick Hennessy cast off the final connection to RV Atlantis in preparation for the dive.

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