Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Hidden World of Police Divers

As the saying goes: it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Underwater search teams are a familiar sight during major police investigations. But what is it like to make a living probing the country's murkiest recesses?

Submerged in darkness, chilled in near-frozen water, you grope your way through the silt and debris.

Somewhere, amid the sludge and the discarded rubbish, is your quarry: a knife, a gun or a body.

With colleagues on dry land depending on you, how on earth do you find what you are looking for?

For the UK's army of police divers, patrolling rivers, canals and seas is a daily challenge.

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1 comment:

diving said...

Cool read, and Im definitely going to start calling other divers frogmen!

Would police divers be considered HazMat divers? I know they are professional divers but since they dive in almost no visibility, it seems pretty dangerous.

Thanks for sharing