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11/30/04

Divers Brought in for Coast Guardsman Search

Divers are searching the Savannah. Divers are searching the Savannah.

The search continues on the Savannah River for the body of a Coast Guard petty officer. Although the Coast Guard is no longer involved in the search, an agency has been contracted to recover the body.

Yesterday afternoon, divers employed by the company Sea Tow were searching the murky waters around the Marriott Riverfront Hotel, where PO2 Dallas Scott was last seen going into the river about 1:30am Saturday.

The Coast Guard believes the 29-year-old dove in to save his girlfriend, another Coast Guard officer, 23-year-old Traci Miller, who they say fell into the river. She was rescued by Savannah Chatham police corporal, Ashley Brown.

Now the divers looking for Scott are having a very hard time negotiating the many obstacles in the river. "Some of the challenges that we have are the cables and so forth that are in the Savannah River," said Marvin Wilson with Sea Tow. "The debris, old dockage, from the 1800s is essentially down on the bottom of the river still. So there's a lot of dredging that goes on and tremendous amount of silt."

The divers have to tie themselves together to keep from being swept away by the current.

The Coast Guard says the search will continue until the body is recovered.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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