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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  • by Jack Location: washington on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    Does Tex have to wear a wet suit in freezing cold water?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    The Sidney Dive team has provided a valuable service to the Emergency Management community for a number of years. The team has recovered a number of bodies in situations that can best be described as "difficult". They are a dedicated group of people who deserve respect and thanks. D.L. Humphrey (NCEM retired).
  • by jr Location: bath on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    yes, they work very hard at being ready. but, water that is 35 degrees means that after a few minutes in this water, an unprotected person becomes a victim of the cold, and the rescue mission becomes a recovery mission. no matter...hooray for them!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 at 05:15 AM
    The Sidney Dive Team is awesome and we are so lucky to have them here. Hope they don't have to go out in the cold!

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