Preparing For Icy Water Rescues

Being in the water is not a place most people like to be when the mercury drops below the freezing point. But for some--being in the water can save lives during a winter storm.

Diver Scotty Rose and the Sidney Dive Team in Beaufort County prepared for the winter blast by taking to the pool Wednesday night in Washington.

The group of 15 blackwater divers are search and rescue experts when it comes to saving lives in the frigid waters of eastern Carolina. Each diver's equipment weighs about 60 pounds and costs around $10,000, but it's all worth the extra effort in case this expert team is called out to rescue you says Rose. "It's very vital to get our gear in good operating condition because the water, when we get out into the rivers right now in the 34, 35 degree range, and our gear starts, has issues when it's that cold."

Ice on the roadways caused over 4,000 accidents in North Carolina last year according to AAA Carolinas. If your car happens to veer off the road into a body of icy water--that's when the Sidney Dive Team gets called in.


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