Today we flipped our first drum, but it didn’t go as smoothly as we had planned. It took 3 dives to fill both balloons and in the end, apparently because of the loose (but deep) sand underneath, the drum became stuck at a 60 degree angle. So, we deflated the balloons and were able to complete the task by adding a second sling and balloon that effectively pulled the buried portion of the drum out of the sand; almost akin to ‘sweeping’ it’s feet out from under! But somewhere in the process one of the lifting straps was pushed out of the way, meaning that we now have to wiggle the strap through the sand and into place underneath the 6-ton drum. Orkan had a great idea, however, which is to use our ratchet straps to fasten the lifting straps onto the exposed surface of each drum BEFORE we flip it, thus avoiding the possibility that the lifting straps will be ‘pushed’ out of the way by the flipping process.