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Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center - Florida
Cruise Log: 10/05/2008 Sea State: Starting at 3-4', Currently 7-8' and Rolling
Departing for the High Seas
Amanda W.J. Demopoulos
After the safety meeting, Chief Scientist Steve Ross had all of the scientists gather in the dry lab (computer room) for a science meeting. He briefly went over the primary science plan, clarified who would be responsible for each of the tasks, and what gear would be used to accomplish those goals. He then went into more detail about our operations over the next two days and mentioned that as prepared as we are, we should still be flexible if plans change due to weather or other issues.
As we prepared for the evening's sampling objectives, we heard over the intercom the announcement of the fire drill and then the ship blasted its horn for 10 seconds, signifying that there was a fire. We stopped what we were doing and headed for the fan tail to muster. The Chief Scientist took roll and acknowledged that we all made it to safety. Shortly following the fire drill, the voice over the intercom announced that we would be having an abandon ship drill, then the horn blasted again. The abandon ship drill was more complicated than the fire drill because we needed to find our life jackets and put on our safety suits (red gumbee-like wetsuits). The safety suits are needed to protect our bodies from the cold and exposure. After the officers confirmed that we can put these suits on (very challenging), then the drill was over and we went back to doing science.
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