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Cowlitz County Dive Rescue News

We try to keep recent news concerning our team posted here regularly.

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  • Date: 2017-06-29 13:00

    Cowlitz County Dive Rescue is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that is and donation driven and we are looking for new members!

    Our members are trained for diving rescues/recoveries, swift water rescues/recoveries and as surface support. Specialized public safety training is done both by the Dive Rescue team as well as outside training agencies.


    Divers respond to in-water emergencies such as:

  • Date: 2016-04-21 05:16

    Bunco Fundraiser

    Looking for a great way to have fun while helping out a great organization?

    Join us April 30th at 6:30pm for a fun night of Bunco and prizes!

    Where: The Wood Workers Union—536 Oregon Way in Longview

    Cost: $10 per person

    All proceeds go to help the dive team with training and equipment maintenance costs. Our current projects include:

  • Date: 2014-11-19 11:52

    This month the Cowlitz County Dive Rescue team will be training in the Briarcliff Pool in Rainier from 10am to 12pm on Sunday the 23rd. We will be working on both our in-water skills and shore rescue skills.

    We would like to invite the public to come learn more about what our team does and how we make a difference in the community.

  • Date: 2014-09-18 17:43

    The Give More 24 fundraiser that we are participating in is almost 1/2 way done! We have had some donations come in, but we have a ways to go to reach our goal.


    Please donate today so we have a chance of getting matching funds for your donation! Every dollar counts and all donations go directly to training and equipment for the Dive Team!

  • Date: 2014-09-16 09:16

    Amazon now has a program that doesn't cost you anything, but donates 0.5% of your purchases at Amazon to a charity of your choice!

    We have signed up for this program and would like to spread the word to have more people help support our team by adding this to your Amazon account:


  • Date: 2014-08-24 18:00

    A great effort by Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania counties ended in the recovery of the swimmer that went missing on Saturday. The initial search on Saturday was limited by the amount of available divers in the local area and was extended to Sunday.

    With our resources limited by unavailable divers, we were very grateful for the six divers sent by Skamania County and the two boats and boat operators sent by Clark County.

  • Date: 2014-08-02 14:43

    The Dive Rescue team will be raffling off a signed Seahawks helmet that was donated to us. All proceeds will be used for training and equipment to help our divers continue to serve the local community.

    Seahawks Helmet Raffle

    Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and we will be selling the tickets at multiple locations this summer with the drawing to be held at the Hilander Festival on September 14th.

  • Date: 2014-07-01 21:00

    A subject that fell off their tube was rescued by Cowlitz Dive Rescue swift water personnel working with Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies today. The subject was not wearing a life jacket and fell off their tube and ended up stranded on a rock in the middle of the river. They were cold, but otherwise uninjured after rescue.

  • Date: 2014-05-19 20:48

    On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Department of Emergency Management and the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Department coordinated a mock mission to provide an opportunity for our local volunteer groups to experience a large-scale search and rescue mission.

    Among the groups working with DEM and CCSD were Cowlitz Dive Rescue, Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, and Cowlitz County Auxiliary Communications Service. The Kelso Masonic Lodge provided food for the teams at the end of the day.

  • Date: 2014-01-23 07:04

    We have just received a donation from Search and Rescue Charities in Washington. This will help the team with our operating expenses and gear maintenance so that we can continue to serve the local area during water-related emergencies.

    Thank you!


    More information on Search and Rescue Charities can be found here: