Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

Neil Swidey


The harrowing tale of 5 males who have been despatched right into a darkish, airless, miles-long tunnel, 1000s of toes under the sea, to do a virtually most unlikely job—with lethal results
 
A quarter-century in the past, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in the US. town were dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, flora and fauna fled, and locals observed floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
 
within the Nineteen Nineties, paintings begun on a state of the art remedy plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching further from civilization than the earth’s inner most ocean trench—to hold waste out of the harbor. With this remarkable feat of engineering, Boston used to be poised to teach the rustic how you can rebound from environmental break. but if undesirable judgements and clashing businesses endangered the undertaking, a crew of business divers was once despatched on a dangerous venture to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; now not them all got here out alive.
 
Drawing on hundreds of thousands of interviews and hundreds of thousands of records accrued over 5 years of reporting, award-winning author Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, legal professionals, and investigators inquisitive about the tragedy and its aftermath, making a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes simply after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his good friend Billy Juse exchange assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing one in every of them to demise.
 
An intimate portrait of the wreckage left within the wake of lives misplaced, the book—which Dennis Lehane calls "extraordinary" and compares with The ideal Storm—is additionally a morality story. what's the real price of those large-scale building tasks, as designers and developers, emboldened via new expertise and confused to deal with a starting to be population’s rapacious wishes, push the bounds of the potential? this can be a tale approximately human risk—how it really is calculated, discounted, and transferred—and the institutional disasters which may bring about catastrophe.
 
Suspenseful but humane, Trapped lower than the Sea reminds us that at the back of each bridge, tower, and tunnel—behind the infrastructure that makes sleek lifestyles possible—lies unsung bravery and notable sacrifice.  

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