Divers are trying to recover an ‘arm’ of rare underwater crucifix of Jesus in Michigan

Divers are attempting to locate and fix the arm of an incredible statue depicting a crucifix of Jesus, which is part of an annual event that brings in hundreds to a frozen bay in northern Michigan.

About 1,300 people attended the event earlier this month to take a look at the 11-foot tall, one-ton crucifix in Little Traverse Bay that sits near the Petoskey shore, the Petoskey News-Review said in an article. But many attendees were wondering why the statue’s arm appeared to be missing.

Compression forces from the ice above the statue was the likely cause of the breakage, said Dennis Jessick, one of the event’s organizers.

“Being submerged in 22 feet of water, with ice moving up and down from thawing and freezing and the subsequent waves creates a lot of force and I can see how it could break off,” he said.

The organizers of the event and the divers hope to find the missing arm in the spring, Jessick said.

“We feel bad about the arm missing and are doing everything we can to find it,” he added.

This isn’t the only time the statue’s arms have been broken.

The crucifix was brought to Petoskey in 1962 as a way to honor individuals who have passed away in bodies of water and was transferred to its current spot in 1986.

A newspaper article dating back to 1996 said that many repairs were made to the statue right before it was placed in the bay because both of its arms were detached. Several years after the piece was placed, divers found that one of the arms had broken again.

One of the divers took the arm but passed away shortly after. His wife then sent the arm to a man from Southgate, who kept the piece for years before giving it back to the community.

“It’s just sad we have to deal with the missing arm again,” Jessick stated. “We hope we can find it again and we are going to give it everything we got to find it and reattach it.

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