Franklin County Sheriff

Marine Rescue Team

The Franklin County Sheriff s Office Dive Rescue Team was formed September of 1993 under the leadership of Sheriff Jim Karnes.


To provide the Sheriff with an organized and experienced group of Deputies trained as Public Safety Divers.


To respond with trained personnel and specialized equipment to the scene of a water related incident for the purpose of saving human life, provide underwater recovery of drowning victims or accident victims in the water, and to provide assistance to the Detective Bureau in the recovery of property to be processed as evidence in a criminal investigation. In addition the Team is available to assist outside agencies upon request.


All members are certified scuba divers who have received additional hours of underwater search and recovery training and other specialized training, and train one day every month in various bodies of water. Divers become accustomed to diving in "minimal to zero visibility" water with underwater hazards and unusual bottom terrain. Safety is constantly stressed and practiced.


The Sheriff s Office has provided a dive van, an inflatable boat, drysuits, extra tanks, throw bags, and other miscellaneous equipment and is in the process of purchasing more equipment to better equip the team.