IVFD dive team helps retrieve sunken boat
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
The dive rescue team, made up of Imperial Volunteer Fire Department members, responded to a different type of rescue call on June 14—retrieval of a boat.
Dive team member Kelsey Weiss said the department was contacted June 9 to help retrieve a 16-foot fiberglass boat that had sunk that day at Swanson Reservoir, two miles west of Trenton.
It belonged to two fishermen from Limon, Colo., who donned life jackets and bailed out of the boat after the transom cracked as they accelerated. Weiss said the fishermen indicated it sank quickly.
It was the first time the owner had the 1967 boat out on the water after spending a lot of money on repairs, according to reports.
Imperial’s Cory Schuller also aided the effort with a boat that carried the Imperial dive team members to the site of the boat’s sinking, about 40 yards from shore.
Also assisting at the scene were two employees with the Game & Parks, who had two boats on the water and a sonar device.
Members of the Imperial dive rescue team in the water for the retrieval were Dan Robinson, Skip Kelley and Greg Koellner. Weiss was also on the scene with dive team trainee Trent Zwickl.
The IVFD received a donation from the boat owner, according to Robinson. Fire Chief Nick Schultz indicated charges may apply for the property recovery to help cover expenses.