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Dive crews begin to recover artifacts from USS The Sullivans

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BUFFALO, New York (KWWL) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown held a follow-up press conference on Friday afternoon on the progress of the stabilization of the USS The Sullivans.

During the conference, Brown confirmed, "The ship remains stable, and divers are in their third day in the water."

With dive teams in the water, precious artifacts in the ship are being rescued. Speaking on artifact recovery progress, Brown said, "In the last few days, crews have begun removing important and historical artifacts from inside the Sullivans."

Brown doubled down in saying that the recovery efforts for the ship are expected to take an extended period of time.

President and CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Paul Marzello Sr, spoke on how many artifacts have been saved so far. Marzello said, "We have done 40 of them to date."

Captain Lexia Littlejohn, Sector Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard, gave a debrief on the efforts to prevent more water from entering the ship. According to her, "Divers completed their assessment of the starboard side - they were able to plug ten holes. They've now moved onto the port side. Two holes have plugged thus far on the port side."

Captain Littlejohn concluded saying, "We're definitely seeing that is having an effect. The water ingress has slowed as a result of those plugs being installed."

Littlejohn said that over 20,000 gallons of water had been removed over the course of the last two days as well. She also mentioned that plans are still being developed on how to safely bring personnel inside the vessel.

Mayor Brown concluded the conference in saying, "We will get this work done. This is our heritage, this is our history. We owe it to those who have fought and died for our country - and to those who are still fighting for our country."

Earlier this week KWWL's anchor Collin Dorsey traveled to Buffalo, New York for more in-depth coverage of the USS The Sullivans recovery efforts. You can read his coverage here.