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    Posted September 5, 2010 by
    VIbarracuda
    Location
    St John, Virgin Islands (USA)
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Hurricane Earl

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    Earl takes his toll on the USVI reefs.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter VIbarracuda snapped these great underwater shots of divers trying to salvage a sailboat doomed by Hurricane Earl.
    - kconlon, CNN iReport producer

    If St. John is known for anything, it is the extreme beauty of our underwater world.  With 65% of our island protected as a national park, which also includes large areas of reefs surrounding the island, we are well aware of the destruction that comes to these reefs during major storms.

     

    Northshore:

    Large arms from the firecoral "trees" that cover the bottom of hawksnest beach have been broken.  Sediment in water is still settling a bit. There is quite a bit of trash in the water.

     

    Southshore:

    With the community coming together, Divers begin raising sunken boats in the hardest hit area on St John, Chocolate Hole. Using barrels strapped under and around the hull of a local sailboat, and compressed air from thier diving tanks to fill the barrels, they slowly float the boat off the bottom.

     

    All photos by Franklin Tulloch

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