Juneau divers finally succeeded in sinking a sailboat off the Auke Village Recreation Area as new destination for training and recreational diving. But last Sunday’s event almost didn’t happen. Divers were constantly stymied over the last fourteen months in their efforts to cut through the bureaucratic red tape.
In the photo above, Juneau dive shop owner John Lachelt remains on board the the renamed sailboat “Rikki Tikki” (left) while it slowly sinks.
The audio file is an expanded version of a story that aired during Morning Edition.
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