Rough Seas Complicate Balloon Recovery Effort

  • Navy divers entered the waters about 7 miles off Myrtle Beach, south Carolina, on Saturday to try to recover the payload of the China spy balloon shot down early in the day by a missile from an Air Force jet.
  • Navy vessels were off the coast of South Carolina on Monday to recover pieces of the balloon, but  rough waters initially complicated the effort, according to U.S. Northern Command.
  • The online surfing conditions website showed close-to-shore wave heights early Monday morning at about 3 feet, then subsiding to roughly one foot as winds subsided.
  • The Navy dock landing ship the USS Carter Hall is in the vicinity of where the balloon splashed down, Gen. Glen VanHerck said Monday.
  • Rough seas on Sunday curtailed some recovery operations, an official also said.
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