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Columbia Basin Dive Rescue Needs Volunteers

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This is an image of the team on a mission. This is an image of the team on a mission.

TRI-CITIES, WA- Columbia Basin Dive Rescue has been busy this year with more calls than usual and now they need a few extra people to help out.

The Mid-Columbia region is surrounded by water.  That means all sorts of water activities and a higher risk for danger.  Columbia Basin Dive Rescue are the ones to the rescue, but they actually need a little bit of rescuing themselves.

"If there's a water emergency, we're the ones coming for you," said Troy McGregor, Columbia Basin Dive Rescue Operations Manger.

This summer was one of their busiest  The team responded to a dozen drownings, which is not what they hoped for.  With that, it was actually pretty difficult for CBDR because they are stretched thin.

"Typically the team usually has about 20-30 members.  We've done a horrible job at recruiting this summer. Every time we turn around we're going to a call," said McGregor.

"Right now we have 12 members on the team, 4 divers, one with an injury, and other two are super busy with life," said McGregor.

It sounds like they need a few more hands on deck, but of course it does not just happened overnight.  There is the training part.

"Going through the training process is brutal, but once you're through it, it's pretty amazing," said McGregor.

They respond to drownings, rescue bodies, recover evidence, pull cars from ditches, and the list goes on and on.  Basically, anything that deals with water.  It takes a special type of person to do what they do.  Even if you are not interested in diving into the water, there is the operational side of things, maintenance, driving boats, and more.  Whatever your strength is, they can find a way to fit you in. 

CBDR said it is about serving the communities that surround the great bodies of water that keeps our region flowing. 

For more information about volunteering with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue or if you are just interested in what they do, click here