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Rescue Squad saves trapped dam diver - North Carolina

Discussion in 'Search and Rescue' started by DandyDon, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Another news article stated: "Responders from Avery Sherriff’s Office, Avery EMS, Avery Emergency Management, Beech Mountain Police Department, Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Beech Mountain Utilities, Carter County Tennessee Water Rescue, Carolina Water Department, Elk Park VFD, Linville VFD, Linville Central Rescue, Red Cross and Watauga Emergency Management worked together to aid the rescue."

    Sucked into a pipe and trapper sounds about as scary as it gets! I can't get the text to copy & paste, so you'll have to follow the link...

    Carter County Rescue Squad helps save diver stuck underwater at Buckeye Lake
     
  2. NYCNaiad

    NYCNaiad Dive babble all day long Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    911 called at 7 and rescue team shows up at 8:30? Am I reading this correctly? His SAC rate must be phenomenal!
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    He was 22 feet deep. I don't think I could have survived that long on a single 80 cf tank, especially after the panic of being sucked and trapped.
     
  5. sigxbill

    sigxbill Tech Instructor

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    not 22' deep - 22' below the lake in a tube!
     
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  6. Aviyes

    Aviyes Barracuda

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    Doesn't say if he was on SCUBA or not, maybe he was on surface supplied air.
     
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  7. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

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    I suspect the dive team isn't exactly a rescue team. It's likely more of a recovery team. This may well be the first rescue they ever had. But still, nice work.

    And I'd guess SS too, or a rebreather.
     
  8. Aqua guy

    Aqua guy Angel Fish

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    Delta P syndrome happens to dam and drainage cleaner divers on occasions.
     
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    A news story from the following days says that they had to drain the reservoir to repair the valve and the town is rationing water. No dish washing, no clothes washing allowed.
     
  10. Lead_carrier

    Lead_carrier Instructor, Scuba

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    For the victim to be able to remain calm enough to survive is phenomenal. The response time of the rescue squads is not bad either. Carter County Rescue is an hour away from Buckeye Lake on a good day. Make it dark and driving those mountain roads in rescue vehicles is a trick in itself. Sounds like everyone involved did a great job.

    After looking for some more information it sounds as if his leg or legs got sucked into the pipe and not his whole body. Either way they both would be scary as heck. Information is sort of scarce so it is hard to get a factual accounting.
     
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