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Christoph Gerigk

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    During the last minutes of the final dive, we found the torpedo hole. That was very important to me because it was that hit that sealed the fate of the ship, its passengers, and crew. It was very impressive to realize the force of destruction. The point of impact was precisely in the location of the crew's quarters. So most of the crew was killed immediately, which reduced the number of people available to help the ship's passengers. It was also interesting to be able to compare the actual hole with the sonar images we had been studying. We expected to see a long fissure, but in reality the hole forms a huge gap.

    The worst thing was getting caught in a net. That's exactly what we wanted to avoid. I had to stay cool, free myself, and continue the work. We had in mind two people who were killed a year ago on an expedition to another ship when they got tangled in nets. It's very dangerous.

    For breakfast, the Polish crew ate this soup made with some kind of pasta and milk. It's very different. But when you add honey, it's really good.


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