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Trapped Under The Sea

Every day, the nearly 10-mile-long Deer Island Tunnel, built hundreds of feet below the ocean floor, carries up to 1 billion gallons of waste water from the plant out into the deep Atlantic waters of Massachusetts Bay (photo courtesy of MWRA)

Every day, the nearly 10-mile-long Deer Island Tunnel, built hundreds of feet below the ocean floor, carries up to 1 billion gallons of waste water from the plant out into the deep Atlantic waters of Massachusetts Bay (photo courtesy of MWRA)

It sounds like the makings of a blockbuster action film: five men down a tunnel so dark, and so deep, that they’re relying on specialized breathing equipment to navigate the pitch-black, oxygen-starved hole in a bid to complete the final stage of a crucial engineering mission. And then, their equipment fails.

These events are true, and they happened right here, hundreds of feet below Boston Harbor.

Guest

Neil Swidey, Boston Globe Magazine writer and author of the new book, “Trapped Under The Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into The Darkness.”

Neil Swidey will be appearing at book events across Massachusetts. For details, click here.


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