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Conditions at Raystown Lake

Divers had to battle high pressure, low temperatures and murky water.
RAYSTOWN LAKE, HUNTINGDON COUNTY -- It was a difficult search for divers today at Raystown Lake. Charles Defibaugh was searching underwater, a task he said is difficult.
 
"You're talking when you get into the depths,” said Charles Defibaugh, a diver at Raystown Lake. “You're talking a lot of pressure just in the deeper water, Your body is under a lot of pressure underwater."
 
Divers can only spend an average of 15 to 20 minutes underwater before they had to switch out.
 
"Of course the deeper you go here at the lake the colder it will get,” said Defibaugh. “Visibility is very poor down where we're at."
 
He says he couldn't see more than two inches in front of him, but that's where the Marklesburg Fire Department's remote operated vehicle comes in. It has sonar technology to find anything underwater.
 
Brian Hunsicker, the First Assistant Chief at Marklesburg Fire Company, said he used the remote operated vehicle to locate the boat that was nearly 70 feet underwater.
 
Five dive teams were there throughout the day to help with the search.
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