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Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Gary D., Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
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    Twenty years ago this Friday (042409), we had a very tragic boat accident. The result was three dead and one 13 year old survivor.

    To make a long story short they went through the South Channel Dam in a boat. I added a link so you can see the South Channel at about a 50% flow.
    Spokane River Project Relicensing: Post Falls

    A lot of good came from that accident and Rescue/Recovery operation but I am dreading tomorrow. The very few of us still remaining at the SheriffÃÔ Department and others we could locate are meeting the lone survivor for lunch. These are rougher than the original operation.

    Gary D.
     
  2. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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    I can't say that I fully comprehend how heavy your job can be, Gary, but I'll say this.

    Last November my dive team recovered what we thought was a corpse during a rescue and a miracle happened. He made it and he's well on his way to making a full recovery.

    Meeting him and exchanging stories/comparing notes with him was a thoroughly therapeutic moment for all of us. I would suggest telling him about the changes and the good that came from his accident. It will make him feel like it didn't happen for nothing.

    And look past the accident to the person. Ask how it has changed his life. Let him tell you his story. It could be a much more positive experience than you think.

    Good luck.

    R..
     
  3. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
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    Good job on everyone's part.

    I totally agree with you and that will happen. But I just like to fade into the woodwork when an operation is over. If this happened with all 260 of them I'd be in the looney bin weaving baskets.

    Gary D.
     
  4. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    4,367
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  5. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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  6. CheddarChick

    CheddarChick Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wisconsin
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    For all you guys do, over and over, with very little recognition...Thank You
     
  7. mbalmr

    mbalmr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Belding, Michigan
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    Agreed,
    I hope one day I can do as much good in this world as you folks do. My hat is off to all the dive teams who are there through so many tough situations. Without your thankless efforts thousands of families would still be wondering "what if..." I was a funeral director and know first hand of the good you all do. Please accept my sincere gratitude for all your dedication.

    Respectfully,
    GK
     

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