While CCDRT does not perform commercial dive salvage and recovery operations, we do perform a public safety service.
Occasionally, valuable or dangerous items are lost in boating accidents. In this case, a boater in a local lake capsized and among other items, a firearm was lost. Fortunately, the boater was fine and no injuries were suffered.
On July 31, 2017, Park Rangers notified Clark County Dive Rescue President Phil Graf and Vice President Jeremy Burnett, by e-mail, requesting the help of recovering items that went into the lake from a capsized boat from the day before. Graf replied back on the date and time of when the Dive Team would be at Battleground lake and requested that the owner of the boat be there as well.
On August 12, 2017, at approx. 9:30am, the owner of the boat met up with the Dive Team at the boat launch of Battleground Lake and showed the team of where he capsized his boat at the north end of the lake. A diver then took a buoy out to the approx. area for a starting point to start the search for the items. Two divers then began the search, at which time an item was found and the buoy was moved to mark that spot. The search continued until 1:30pm and three out of the five items were located and given back to the owner. Reference of where the boat capsized and distance from a point on the shore to the buoy was noted, in case future recovery of the other items is conducted.