MINOCQUA - Things don't always go well out on the water. That's why Oneida County has a specialized dive team ready to respond whenever there's an emergency.
But funding the dive team is expensive. Saturday, community groups came together to help raise money for the team at the Minocqua Swim Challenge.
"It's a 400 yard or one-mile open water swim," says Kristen Tiscacek, events coordinator at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly 100 people swam the course. The money made from the race will go towards the Dive Team.
"The Dive Team provides a fulltime, 24/7, rescue and recovery response," says dive team member Laura Furman.
The Oneida County Dive team has 13 members -some are officers and some are just regular people.
"We all carry our own gear and we are basically dispatched at any moment," says Furman.
The Dive Team is expected to fundraise a portion of its budget every single year. The Minocqua Swim Challenge helps it do that.
The money tends to go towards new gear.
"Sometimes gear wears out. It's kind of an expensive proposition to gear up a scuba diver," says Furman.
|Story By: Karolina Buczek