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Beach dive just south of Jennette’s Pier

Scuba divers John McCord of Coastal Studies Institute and Mark Keusenkothen of East Carolina University swam out to a sandbar just south of Jennette’s Pier in March to search for a subsurface buoy attached to a chain pile that was deployed as a mooring for upcoming research projects and the Waves to Water Prize competition set to take place in 2022.

Corey Adams was also on hand to assist the divers from the beach. He’s the CSI research operations manager; McCord works as the CSI assistant director for public engagement and Keusenkothen is the ECU director of diving and water safety.

The Waves to Water Prize is a five stage, $3.3 million contest to accelerate technology innovation in wave energy powered desalination systems. In the final stage of the prize, systems will be tested in partnership with the Coastal Studies Institute at Jennette’s Pier.

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