Meet the Marine Rescue Dive Unit

If you live in King County, you live near a lot of water.

Even if you can’t see it from your house, Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and a gazillion rivers, creeks, and streams are not too far away.

Since a lot of us like to play in the water, there is a specially-trained team of rescuers who are always ready to dive in and keep us safe.

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The King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Rescue Unit wants you to know that playing in rivers can be fun, but you should:

  • Learn to swim! If you already know how to swim, practice swimming in shallow water before you reach the deep water
  • Wear your lifejacket even when you are in a boat
  • Be prepared for COLD water

When they get an urgent call for rescue, the Marine Rescue Dive Unit gets to the scene as quickly as they can.

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They have special SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) gear to keep themselves safe in the cold, dark, fast-moving water.

They also use underwater cameras, metal detectors and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) equipped with sonar, video and a gabber jaw. Divers can even be lowered into water by helicopter into remote and hard to reach areas.

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Marta is a big fan of the Marine Rescue Dive Unit and dives in whenever there’s an invitation for a boat ride with them.

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