Po­lice div­ing units re­cover boat as part of train­ing

The Witness - - NEWS - CHELSEA PI­ETERSE • chelsea.pi­eterse@wit­ness.co.za

PO­LICE div­ing units and search and res­cue teams from across the prov­ince have been at Mid­mar Dam for train­ing since Wed­nes­day.

The teams used the Mid­mar Yacht Club as their base dur­ing train­ing.

The Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy search and res­cue/div­ing team also took part in the train­ing.

Po­lice divers and some of the stu­dent divers, spent most of yes­ter­day re­cov­er­ing a ves­sel that had sunk a year ago.

Equipped with all their div­ing gear, the divers had to swim 24 me­tres down to reach the ves­sel.

Po­lice said re­cov­er­ing the boat was a pre­car­i­ous op­er­a­tion that also de­pended on the weather.

Divers had tried on Wed­nes­day to re­cover the boat but due to the wind and bad weather, they were un­able to dive.

The Mid­mar Yacht Club’s Mike Cold­beck said the teams wanted to re­cover the boat as part of their train­ing.

“We told them about the boat that sunk a year ago and they said they would re­cover it as part of their train­ing.

“The ves­sel be­longed to the Dur­ban Sea Scouts, who mostly come from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds.

“They had the boat for just a month be­fore it sunk. Ev­ery­one has been in a good mood and ev­ery­thing is be­ing done so pro­fes­sion­ally,” said Cold­beck.

The ves­sel was even­tu­ally re­cov­ered later in the af­ter­noon by mem­bers of var­i­ous search and res­cue and div­ing teams, in­clud­ing in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Dur­ban, Lady­smith and Port Shep­stone.

PHOTO: CHELSEA PI­ETERSE

Po­lice divers get ready to dive down 24 me­tres in Mid­mar Dam to re­cover a small ves­sel that sank last year. The po­lice mem­bers used the boat re­cov­ery as part of their train­ing day at Mid­mar Dam yes­ter­day.

PHOTO: CHELSEA PI­ETERSE

A Pi­eter­mar­itzburg po­lice div­ing unit mem­ber tests his div­ing equip­ment at Mid­mar Dam yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

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