Divers recover body of drowning victim at Woodward Reservoir

05/15/2014 7:46 AM

05/15/2014 10:21 PM

Divers have recovered the body of a man who drowned at Woodward Reservoir.

According to Sheriff Adam Christianson, a man was swimming in the reservoir Wednesday when he went underwater and did not resurface. His name has not been released.

A dive team searched for the man until 10 p.m. but could not find him.

“The water in the reservoir is near zero visibility,” Christianson said in an email before the recovery. “Because divers can’t even see a hand in front of their face, the search must be done very methodically and in a grid pattern. Because divers are unable to conduct a visual search, it must be a hand search, all by feel.”

The heat also complicated the search. “Divers are unable to spend extended periods of time in their protective dive suits and gear without becoming exhausted,” Christianson said. “The dive safety officers monitor very closely the divers and their physical condition. Divers are rotated through dives more often or their time in the water is shortened, which slows the search efforts.”

He said the man’s family was on the scene and was understanding of the challenging diving conditions.

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