Divers find hidden items while practicing


By Dixon Hayes
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Etowah County Sheriff's Office used Wednesday to practice their diving skills while looking for possible evidence and stolen property.
Divers found a safe, its origin unknown. They had to use air bags to float it to the surface.   They also found smaller items like a coin box that was ripped from a washer or dryer.
Scott Hassell heads the dive team and he's also the chief of corrections. He says they chose Brooke Avenue at Wills Creek because a state Department of Transportation dive team found guns, a deserted car, and a dud artillery shell when they inspected the bridge earlier this year.
Despite the otherwise warm outside temperatures, divers say the water is chilly with low visibility, just how the divers wanted the creek.
"Mainly it's good to get out and practice in low visibility," says deputy and diver Joseph Fountain.  A lot of places we dive, you don't have any visibility so, it's, just like anything else, good practice."
Hassell says divers sometimes practice in pools. But the chance to practice in more realistic, real world scenarios helps prepare the divers for their next mission.
"We never know what time the day or night we may be called on in less hospitalable conditions to go out and to recover evidence and to recover a drowning victim," says Hassell.
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