The Isabella County Dive Team participated in its first training dive Thursday morning after adding five new members to the team last month.
Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the dive took place in Coldwater Lake between 10 a.m. to noon with members Allen Jackson, Kurtis Adam, Dave Hill, Brad Doepker and Aaron Lloyd. All have ties to the fire department in Isabella County, Mioduszewski said.
“Over the years, the dive team has recovered drowning victims, stolen guns, vehicles and many other items from the waterways in Isabella County,” Mioduszewski said.
With five new members, the dive team now will be able to provide enough personnel to handle nearly any type of emergency situation in or on the water, he said.
In October, the Isabella County Dive Team opened its membership to firefighters and paramedics in hopes of expanding the team.
The dive team is composed of seven police officers: five deputies from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, one police officer from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department and one officer from the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
The five new members come from Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department, Nottawa-Sherman Fire Department, Millbrook-Rolland Fire Department, Isabella Northeast Fire Department and LifeNet.
The new members are being funded through their respective fire department or themselves.
The dive team’s mission includes recovering drowned bodies within Isabella County, recovering evidence, supporting countywide events on lakes and bodies of water and making safety presentations to the public.
“The Sheriff’s Department is committed to the philosophy of mutual aid and cooperation. The Dive Rescue Team is just another example of these efforts,” Mioduszewski said.
Metro Editor Hailee Sattavara contributed to this report.