Now, the receding waters have exposed a WWII-era wreck — the Higgins boat used to make landfalls, according to the National Park Service.
At one point, the landing craft was so deep under water that starting in 2006, the park service sent divers to this place. The Associated Press reported that the ship was at a depth of 185 feet for a long time.
The photographs show that the boat is now only half submerged and is listing on its side.
“US National Security Service suspects that this surplus World War II vessel was commissioned on the lake for various reasons and then partially salvaged before sinking in its current location,” the park service said in an email. “It is not clear whether it sank by accident or was deliberately sunk to dispose of a ship that is no longer in use.”
Details on how the ship ended up on Lake Mead are limited.
“The redundant nature of the ship highlights the earlier era of the lake, when Las Vegas and Lake Mead were much more remote and remote from much of the United States, where relatively inexpensive World War II surplus could be used for new peaceful uses in the park. “, – said the service of the park.
The opening of the boat, while it may draw the attention of visitors to Lake Mead, is also a reminder of the effects of climate change and severe drought on the Colorado River reservoir between Nevada and Arizona.
Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, was about 27% full on Friday, dangerous. closer to “dead pool” levels, federal officials said. At this point, about 150 feet below its current level, the lake will fall below the lowest inlet valve, potentially damaging water supplies in the western United States.
The lake is projected to drop more than 26 feet by next July.
In response to the sharp drop in water levels in the reservoirs of the Colorado River, the federal government search for emergency abbreviations to the amount of water that California and six other western states will take from the river in the coming months.