Local Divers Empathize with Crews in Minneapolis
By: Crystal Britt
Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department's dive team mainly handle situations on lakes and ponds, rarely on the Mississippi. That's mainly because they don't have the people or the resources. So if tragedy struck here, Cape Fire couldn't handle the problem alone.
"You've got to deal with the current," said Captain Brad Dillow with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. "It's going to be near zero visibility, you'll be left feeling your way around."
They used this system last winter to rescue two hunters who got disoriented in the fog. "Our visibility was probably 30 to 40 feet in front of the boat, and we ran entirely off radar and GPS," he said.