Out of commission submarine rebuilt, ready for expeditions

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Some Salina men, with help from students at a local school showcased their rebuilt submarine Saturday to the public before it gets ready to take on expeditions.

It's known as Pisces VI. According to it's owner, Scott Waters, it's one of the deepest diving private submarines in the world. So rebuilding it was only part of the plan.

"The big thing that we offer, is scientific exploration mostly for countries that can't afford it or can't have their own operation," Waters said.

Expeditions are in the waiting for the submarine according to Waters and his crew that built it, but he said he is not sure exactly what it will do yet. When they do get the chance, they will go about a mile and a half deep in the ocean.

"We got to share the story and show people what the oceans are and what's happening to them, that's very important to us," Waters said.

The submarine was originally built in 1976 and used until it was taken out of commission in the 1990's. Waters and his crew bought it in 2015, and rebuilt it into their own, today marking the finishing point of their four year project.

"It's almost to the point of where we worked so hard, that it doesn't feel real."

They partnered with Kansas State Polytechnic, so some students got the chance to help them build it and learn hands on.

"To see these students actually get to hands on something that's really going to get out there and create history," said Dr. Kurt Barnhart, the associate dean of research at Kansas State Polytechnic. "They're never going to forget it and we're just pleased to be a part of it."

Scott Waters said exploration is something that has been near and dear to his heart since he was young.

"Basically my whole entire life I've been interested in this and whether it's space or deep ocean, or any form of exploration, I've always just loved it," he said.

He compared going on the explorations in the ocean to astronauts going in space for the first time and seeing earth.

"It's the exact same thing," he said. "It's life changing, they're never the same person when they come back."

Since he's fulfilled his childhood dream, he said he wants to push others to do the same.

"I think it's important for kids to dream big," Waters said. "You know, not just shooting for whatever they think the expected thing is aim higher, and they really can."

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