Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AOW/AUGUST 2/PAUL BILLICK/FL 66

Auxiliarist Paul Billick is a member of Flotilla 66 (McMinnville) and lives in Sherwood, Oregon.

Paul recently spent seven hours assisting and directing both the Washington County Sheriff Department and the six-member Clackamas County dive team with an operation involving the identification and eventual recovery of a Ford F250 truck and trailer worth $45,000 which was underwater in Haag Lake, Oregon.

Paul was at the lake to conduct Vessel Safety Exams but instead found himself acting as the "local knowledge expert" based on his experiences and knowledge of the waters, the ramp and the underwater terrain.

After four hours of diving, the dive team found the vehicle and trailer in approximately 50 feet of water. They were then able to assist two wreckers in pulling out the truck and trailer thus averting what could be negative impact on a pristine lake.

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