Thursday, August 02, 2007
What the divers might face
When I heard that a bridge collapsed over the Mississippi River, I immediately thought the worst. Growing up in Memphis, which is also on the Mississippi, I have heard the dangers of the river my entire life, including the strong currents and murky waters.

I called Peter Gannon, president of Dive Rescue International, and asked him to join Anderson during the show to talk about water rescues. He gave some great insight into what the rescuers are facing, including zero visibility and the safety hazards from the debris. In fact, it was so interesting that he is doing an underwater demo for Anderson tonight to show us what kinds of obstacles the rescue divers face.

-- By Kay Jones, "360" Producer
Posted By CNN: 10:53 AM ET
  5 Comments
Living in Memphis myself, when I cross the bridge, I always have that "What if" thought. My thought immediately went to how murkey the waters are and how difficult this is going to be for the recuers.
Posted By Jennifer H. : 12:06 PM ET
Kay/AC360:
Rescue diving is very dangerous! Actually, an Indianapolis fire department dive team member died during a training exercise in a retention pond a few years ago. I can only image what the Minneapolis and St Paul dive teams are facing.

Let's keep the rescue workers in our prayers too.
Posted By Sharon D., Indianapolis, Indiana : 3:02 PM ET
Last night on 360 Peter Gannon gave great insight to what the rescue divers go through. Seeing the lady diver with only a rope tied to her waist proved how dangerous searching can be. I was wondering how they would conduct the river search throughout the night and Gannon gave some interesting facts about diving in the dark water. I am looking forward to the underwater demo tonight. Thanks Kay.
Posted By liz toledo,ohio : 3:47 PM ET
I don't see the need for an underwater demo. Stop turning tragedies into sideshows and show some respect for the victims' families.
Posted By Johnny Budge : 3:57 PM ET
I'm appreciative of the underwater demo - these rescue people put their lives on the line every time they attempt to rescue one of us. I would like to see what they face. I remember when TWA 800 went down and the divers had to dive among the wreckage of that aircraft and the talk of how dangerous it was - it would have been nice to see something like that then.

thanks for doing this.
Posted By Annie Kate, Birmingham AL : 9:53 PM ET
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