SAN MARCOS (KXAN) – The missing Travis County deputy is a member of the dive team according to a KXAN source. Working as a rescue diver can be incredibly dangerous. We spent the afternoon today with the San Marcos Area Recovery Team as they prepare for another difficult weather night.
The San Marcos River is normally about four feet deep but when heavy rain falls water quickly rises and can become extremely dangerous.
With 17 highly trained divers all either police officers, firefighters or EMT’s, the organization helps in emergency situations.
In order to rescue a person safely crews set up on both sides of a low water crossing. They also have equipment to communicate with each other under water.
On call 24/7, the volunteers are always ready when the chance of flooding becomes severe. Their biggest concern is a lack of visibility when the rain is heavy.
“With a reasonable current there’s certain things where conditions are just too unsafe to drive but we’ll do everything we can to come in and recover whatever’s lost in the water conditions but it definitely adds challenges,” the assistant chief of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team, Matt Simkin said.
Divers with S.M.A.R.T want to remind drivers if you see water starting to get high, don’t try to drive through it. Turn around.
The S.M.A.R.T. will help agencies in other counties if they’re asked to assist in emergency situations.