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Operation Salvage Submersion formed the aquatics phase of TZ Jump and Thump exercises. During Salvage Submersion, TZ Aquanatics were required to locate and enter a submerged twin-engine 10-seat Beech C185 at a depth of 55 feet, deploy an experimental sensor tray, and conduct simulated emergency search and rescue dives acting as an air-deployed \"feet wet\" rapid reaction force under live-fire conditions.

The Beech C185 met its demise as a working plane when the nose blew out upon delivering oil field materials. It had a capacity of eight passengers and two crew. It's resting place in Perch Lake sits in clay and muck, with average visibility of 6-8 meters. A TZA detachment was required to conduct a search of the underwater area around the plane and locate a missing equipment objective during the course of the dive.


During Salvage Submersion, TZ Aquanatics were required to locate and enter a submerged twin-engine 10-seat Beech C185 at a depth of 55 feet, deploy an experimental sensor tray, and conduct simulated emergency search and rescue dives
Shoreline, Waterline, and free-fall water entry procedures were conducted for rescue divers under various simulated live-fire conditions and airframe types between Perch Lake and Blue Hole, two separate dive sites in proximity to El Rito Creek outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The Aquatics phase of Jump and Thump took place over the course of two days. Subsequent dives required participants to locate a sunken rowboat at 80 feet and prepare entry into an underwater vent pipe leading to a cave with extreme restrictions at 140 feet, all part of a vast underground system of water connecting seven sister lakes nestled among the surrounding red mesas. Go Teame!
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SALVAGE SUBMERSION: TZ Aquanatics were required to locate and enter a submerged twin-engine 10-seat Beech C185 at a depth of 55 feet, deploy an experimental sensor tray, and conduct simulated emergency search and rescue dives acting as an air-deployed "feet wet" rapid reaction force under live-fire conditions.
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The Aquatics phase of Jump and Thump took place over the course of two days. Subsequent dives required participants to locate a sunken rowboat at 80 feet and prepare entry into an underwater vent pipe leading to a cave with extreme restrictions at 140 feet, all part of a vast underground system of water connecting seven sister lakes nestled among the surrounding red mesas.


ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Colin Wiest, TZ Friend and Mentor -- If you seek his spirit you need only find your courage
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Colin Wiest, TZ.SEC-7 TZA TZMD TZMP was killed in a high-speed collision incident while executing emergency evasive course correction during vehicle test maneuvers in the southern Utah desert. The Incident occured near St. George on October 25th, 2014..."Colin's ability to build rapport stands always next to his excellent adherence to procedural operations and a self-initiative that stems from his apparent desire to not only complete his work and protect his clients, but to excel at both a professional and personal level. Colin is a professional who consistently asks the best of himself and leads through demonstrable action and integrity. I have always been confident placing the safety of myself and my clients under Colin's supervision"


AIRFRAME DIVEDOWN: "Relax, an underwater emergency is in progress"
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TZ Aquanauts acting as Quick Reaction Force were required for hasty deployment from a light pickup for rapid area ingress and subsurface insertion under heavy gear.


TZA GLOOM SHADOW: Watch how deep the Teame will go to get the bodies
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TZA Search & Recovery exercises were conducted in waters that were at a temperature of 55F degrees at the surface.


CRATER*CAVE* CONTACT: TZ-SLC, TZ-SEC7 and TZ-DNVR execute a mid-winter SCUBA dive into a underground geothermal cavern.
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After entering a doorway into a snowy hillside and through a tunnel, a three man TZA detachment entered a massive subterranean cavern. At depths exceeding 75ft+ and water exceeding 90F+, Aquanauts took time to warm up after TZMD exercises earlier in the week.


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