Buster Johnson's body was found by the BAE docks at 7:30 Friday morning. This ends a nine day search.
"It's a good day for us because Mr. Johnson's been returned to his family members so they'll have closure that is our only reward for doing this kind of work," says Lt. Commander Billy Frost with the Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla. Rescue workers were packing it in at Coast Guard Sector Mobile. A challenging week comes to an end.
"Well every case is different but up until this time this is the first case we've had to deal with such debris will it be the last, the only, I do not know ," says Flotilla Captain James Howard. Later in the afternoon the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was moved out of the Alabama Cruise Terminal--and headed south for what we thought was a return to BAE. More than an hour later the ship was back where it started--only this time turned in the opposite direction. A Carnival spokesman says they were going to put it back at the shipyard but "bad weather" prevented it--even though it's a bright sunny day there is a slight chop on the water. The search for Johnson may be over but the search for answers isn't. A Coast Guard spokesman says they're working with OSHA, the NTSB and other federal agencies.
"They'll develop a report and that report will go through each agency they'll look at it and see if there's anything they can do to keep something like this from happening again," says Coast Guard Lt. Michael Clausen.