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Air-Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs for Dive Teams

10/30/2013
By Douglas Fishel Jr. Scenario: Your dive rescue team has been dispatched for an overturned boat on a large body of open water. Witnesses tell you that the occupants were treading water about 100 yards from the shore before they went under. At best, the point last seen (PLS) is vague, and the search area is vast. You begin with a normal standard operating procedure (SOP) by diving and running search patterns or grids near the reported PLS. The water is dark and murky, and visibility is very poor—conditions encountered in most emergency dive situations. After about 40 minutes in water temperatures above 60°F, the rescue has probably become a recovery. How many times in the past have you en...

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