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Boundary divers receive donation and training

| February 9, 2023 1:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY — Boundary Search and Dive Team and sheriff’s divers will be able to purchase some additional equipment and training through a generous donation from Dr. Ramon and Celeste Issa with Off Grid Doc.

The couple said they would like to support the community and help the search and dive rescue team.

A portion of the donation will focus on the search and rescue needs and the other portion will be dedicated to the dive team, Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer said.

“We are grateful for this donation as it will further the education of our volunteers,” said SAR President Tony Jeppesen.

On Jan. 25, the Boundary County drivers participated in several training dives in the Kootenai River using a weighted dummy to practice search and recovery techniques.

The dives consisted of searching in depths up to 70 feet deep and in water that was 36 degrees. Sheriff’s divers Caleb Watts and Neal Dyer brought the dummy, which will be used for future training, up from the depths.

Divers from Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Boundary County Sheriff’s Office and Boundary Search and Dive Rescue participated in the training.

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(Courtesy photo BCSO)

(left) Neal Dyer and Caleb Watts participate in dive training retrieving weighted dummy.

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