MOLALLA, Ore— Members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Dive Water Rescue Team took FM News 101 Reporter along with them today. They trained for 10 hours. Part of it was at the gym and the rest was spent at Party Rock an area high in the Molalla Hills overlooking the Molalla River. Team Leader Sgt. Marc Griffith says ,”Easily the team will rescue 6 to 8 people during the warm summer months. ” It wouldn’t be unusually to have a speeding car drop off the cliffs in the area and fall down onto the rocks or into the river below.
Insulated clothing and lots of layers plus boots and helmets life vests knives and other gear make the divers ready for anything. Today they discussed their plan more than once for saving potential victims. Sometimes victims can be very small or very large weighing 300 pounds or more. Pets get into the mix as well dogs or horses. the team is well aware each member has to be physically strong to meet whatever challenge presents itself.