Missouri State Water Patrol wins national improvement award

Friday, February 5, 2010 | 11:23 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Water Patrol's dive rescue team has received a national improvement award.

The Water Patrol says the 10-member dive team received the award from the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists for being the most improved squad. The patrol's divers use underwater cameras, scanning sonar and metal detectors. The dive unit was created in 1979 with eight officers and rudimentary equipment.

Water Patrol officials says their divers are dedicated and well-trained and help out across the state.


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