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    Posted September 5, 2010 by
    St John, Virgin Islands (USA)
    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.
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    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.



    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.



    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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