The St. Clair County Dive Team began in the 1950’s. Members of the local dive clubs would often be asked to recover drowning victims by local law enforcement agencies. In the 1960’s a team was organized under the Civil Defense director for the county. In 1969 the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office took over the team. Primarily a search and recovery team, it was not until the mid 1980’s that they started operating as a “Rescue Team”. Cold water near drowning cases were showing that there was a possibility of a drowning victim surviving nearly one hour underwater with the right conditions. This is why the St. Clair County Dive Team responds in “Rescue Mode” when a life may be saved, regardless of borders. St Clair County Sheriff Dive Team Members are sworn in Marine Deputies
The Dive Team Auxiliary, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, was formed in 1983 to help fund this lifesaving effort. The training and equipment needed to save a life is expensive. The County Budget provides less than half of the yearly expenditures of the Dive Team.
Today, members and supporters of the Dive Team Auxiliary can proudly say they have made a difference. By financially supporting the brave men and women of the St. Clair County Dive Team, they truly have saved lives. You can too!
Last night’s search for a person that fell from a vessel and failed to resurface in Lake Huron was postponed and our dive team returned back to the docks near 1:00 AM. We searched a very large area of the Lake with divers and with sonar long into the night. Two things were once again highlighted in this event. First, Life Jackets Save lives. We have never recovered an individual wearing a PDF, and even more so when the water temperatures are this cold (~50°F), please wear your your PFD.Continue Reading
The Dive Team was happy to be able to help CityFlatsHotel search for thousands of dollars of missing furniture in the Black River in Port Huron on Sunday. The furniture is believed to have been tossed into the river.Continue Reading