Title: A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission, Part 4: Living With the Aftermath
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Roger Witherspoon
Date: March 18, 2013 at 11:09 a ET
[... The USS Ronald] Reagan’s crew had been assured that there was no radiation to worry about over the open ocean and, as the ship’s navigator, [Maurice Enis] had been led to believe that the radiation was a distinct plume that they could avoid. It was now apparent that the radiation cloud was everywhere, and avoiding it would not always be possible.
On the quarter mile long deck there was another alarming note.
“I had a digital watch,” said quartermaster Jaime Plym, “and it suddenly stopped working. Somebody made a crack that radiation would do that. There were five or six of us on deck and everyone looked at their watches — and all the digital watches had stopped. There was one that was real expensive, and it wasn’t working either.
“We were laughing at first. But then that petered out and we just sort of looked at each other because it wasn’t funny anymore.” [...]
See also: Navy Sailors After Fukushima: They’ve got leukemia, testicular cancer, growths… They’ve had surgery to remove brain lesions and lost sight in eye (VIDEO)
Published: March 18th, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET