Dive Rescue needs volunteers - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Dive Rescue needs volunteers

Posted: Updated:

RICHLAND, Wash.--The Columbia-Basin Dive Rescue team is looking for volunteers to help on missions saving people from drowning.

Generally there are about 30 rescue missions per year. Right now there are 11 volunteer rescue divers on staff, but the team needs about 16 to help reach all bodies of water throughout the Mid-Columbia area.

Columbia-Basin Dive Rescue Operations Director Scott Ruppelius says "There's such a big need here compared to other parts of the state because of how much water we have." The team is trained to find missing people, recover cars, boats and help with underwater crime investigations.

A training program is available for people who are interested in joining. Both divers and surface support are needed. Applications are available online at www.cbdr.org.