Count On Us!
WBBH  Fort Myers | Cape Coral | Naples
Do you agree with the California ruling that bans the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools?
Other Articles

More news...

If we said on-air
to go to our website,
you'll find the
link here

4:00 M-F NBC2 News
8:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Click here for more...

Click here to sign up
for programming alerts

- Weird News
- Weather
- Online Video
- NBC2View AirportCam
- Naples BeachCam
- TimeSaver Traffic
- FL News Briefs
- Newslinks
- Tom's Site
- JobSpot

A Team Challenge
Community Calendar
Do The Right Thing
Florida Lottery
RSW Flight Schedule
Teen Help

Alzheimer's Resources
Dr. Cederquist
Financial Guide
Goodwill Industries
Open House
Scrivner's Garden Ctr.
United Way
Shrimp boats taking supplies to hurricane victims
NBC2 News
Posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2005

FORT MYERS BEACH A research boat, the MV Diamond, will lead a fleet of shrimp boats full of supplies to the Gulf coast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The twenty shrimp boats are just sitting, waiting to be packed with water, food and clothing for victims. Once all the boats are filled, they will head to up north.

"We look for ancient ship wrecks," said Captain Mark Palmer.

This time they'll be looking at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Palmer and his crew will get the first pictures of damaged oil rigs. Those images will come from a pair of underwater eyes or side scan sonar.

"We can see things as small as a teacup, anything that's down there," said Palmer.

He's expecting the damage to be extensive.

Palmer drags the sonar behind the boat and watches a monitor in the ships navigation room.

Palmer's boat is 105 feet long and takes 9,100 gallons of fuel. The boat has been on missions all over the world. But this latest task is a new one.

"We've taken supplies to Haiti because we've been working down there all year, to the poor people down there, but we've never done it in the states," said Palmer.

Palmer mapped out his journey from Fort Myers Beach. His destination is 300 miles away.

"So it's going to take us 30 hours," said Palmer.

A long trip in close quarters, but the trip will be even longer when you add the anticipation. Palmer knows when he arrives, he'll see things he has never seen before.

"Never, never, never, not this bad. You know I've seen stuff but not this bad," said Palmer.

In all the bad, he hopes to do some good.

Even though Palmer's ship is huge, there isn't a lot of room. Once he adds more equipment and a team of scientists, it will get even smaller.

All of the fuel for Palmer's trip has been donated, but the shrimp boats could use some more. Organizers are asking for money to help get the boats where they need to go.

If you would like to make a donation, take donations to 1101 Shrimp Boat Lane, Fort Myers Beach or call 765-1828 or 463-8788.

2005 by . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Internet Site Find out about important news first with NBC2's E-mail News Alerts



[ Home | Weather | Sports | NewsLinks | JobSpot | Ad Info | About Us | Help ]

Contact NBC2: | |

NBC2 Online is optimized for the latest versions of these browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Mozilla FireFox.
NBC2 Online uses elements that require the latest version of Macromedia Flash.
NBC2 Online Videos require the latest version of Windows Media Player.

Copyright 1996 - 2005 Waterman Broadcasting Corporation.
All rights reserved. Use of our site indicates your agreement
to our Terms of Service (last updated 11/02/04)
View our Privacy Policy.

First Alert Hurricane Tracking Center
Hurricane Guide
Robert's Hurricane Resources

Your Forecast
Sign Up - Login
LIVE WeatherLink
LIVE WeatherBug
Weather Window
5 Day, Maps, Cams

Football Forecasts