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USS Batfish now protected and secure after drifting slightly away from park

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 11:25:42-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Muskogee War Memorial Park officials are confident the USS Batfish will be protected after water was pumped into the submarine’s ballast tanks and it was secured with additional lines.

The National Guard, Oklahoma Emergency Management, War Memorial Park staff and volunteers helped to secure the submarine after floodwaters caused it to drift slightly away from its resting spot at the memorial park.

One line broke Friday — two members of the staff were on site when they heard a loud snapping and lines went flying, according to a Facebook post by Muskogee War Memorial Park.

Park officials did a visual inspection of the submarine and found there is slight flooding in some compartments, “but not enough to scare anyone,” the post states. Those areas may just require some cleaning.

Once the boat is completely stable, park officials will work on a plan to pull it back to its normal resting spot.

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