KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- A retired Navy ship set to be scuttled with explosives to create an artificial reef sank unexpectedly ahead of schedule Friday, forcing workers to abandon ship and landing at an odd angle still sticking out of the water.
The 46-year-old Spiegel Grove started going down Friday morning as workers were making last-minute preparations for sending it to its underwater grave later in the day, officials said. A tugboat carried them to safety.
"For a while, there was some tears and concern about where our divers were," said Pam Baker, an employee of Ocean Divers in Key Largo, which had sent volunteers out to work on the project. A head count confirmed everyone was all right.
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