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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 7B The Feather River from Rock Creek Dam upstream looks like severe drought conditions have hit. Graham Shea lowers himself over the side to join fellow Search and Rescue volunteers Ralph In reality, PG&E workers lowered the gates at the dam allowing more water to flow downstream Schroeder and John Kolb (pictured) at the bottom. While Shea carried a variety of gear with him, in order to allow Plumas County Search and Rescue teams to investigate a vehicle located just an underwater camera was lowered when the raft was dropped over the side earlier in the over the side from Highway 70. Photos by Victoria Metcalf afternoon. ue mn mn Victoria Metcalf reappeared, although Grant Assistant Editor said he has absolutely no idea what caused it in the first place or why it stopped. Whatever lies mostly buried Initially, the team brought below the surface of the two inflatable rafts to the Feather River at Rock Creek scene along Highway 70 and Dam will probably remain the river. One raft carried an there -- at least as far as outboard motor, the second members of the Plumas was larger and was County Search and Rescue are paddle-powered. concerned. Grant said they weighed A rusted doorframe, their options about how to perhaps an entire vehicle, lies approach the site. Although buried in rocks, limbs, silt the area, marked with yellow and other debris carried along and white booms, was just by the Feather River. down the embankment from Whatever lies there on the the highway, they thought a bottom of the river doesn't better approach might be appear to be anything recent, from across the river. What started out as an oil or As the Feather River diesel slick on the Feather dropped behind the dam, the River at the Rock Creek Dam water receded to a point kept members of Search and where mounds of wet soil Rescue busy for several days were prominent. By lowering as they attempted to the smaller raft with the determine its origin, outboard motor to the water, When the slick was initially then motoring across the noticed by PG&E on Oct. 1, it narrowed river to a large was reported to the state's section of land, they could Office of Emergency Services, then return to the site they said Deputy Mike Grant, who wanted without getting hung and rescue truck. And while Kolb and Kolb climbed into the raft and Volunteers John Kolb and Schroeder set up the raft and worked their way toward the Ralph Schroeder each took a got everything prepared, white float marking the site. side of the raft and helped volunteer Graham Shea Or rather where they believe walk it down to the water, collected a blue milk crate full the vehicle was submerged. Inside were the two oars they of gear and followed the rope But after a little while with is also a longtime member of up on something unseen would need and the attached now to the search no real results, they struck off and water .- urtder te,amera and rescue rig and the raft. to their left and were able to As members discussed their would use in hopes of learning Large rocks and boulders, in locate something below them. options it was determinedmore about what was belowplace to help stabilize the Grant speculated that perhaps that they could take the bright the waterline, embankment, made for rough a diver had tied the float to a blue raft and go directly down At this point, Grant was going as Shea backed his way door or some part of the the embankment and then leaning more toward thinking down to the water, vehicle and it had floated paddle the short distance to that the vehicle had beenAfter a few more away to the end of its tether. the site: underwater for some time;adjustments, including Shea, The team continued their Safety is always a first that this was no recent a professional photographer, search efforts, Grant consideration, Grant incident. The amount of familiarizing himself with the explained. Sometimes those explained, As a precaution the debris divers came into underwater gear Shea andmen who initially went down- raft was tied to the heavy-duty contact with seemed bumper of the large search considerable. he became aware of the slick about 5:30 p.m. that same day when it was reported to Search and Rescue. PG&E put out booms to contain the spill, Grant said. Later, operators at the dam site lowered the gates and began releasing water downstream, Grant explained. Using the large equipment barge generally secured at the dam, Grant said that the hunt began when PG&E sent down two divers to see if they could determine where the slick was coming from. Grant said they were able to determine that there was some kind of vehicle or parts of a vehicle below the water. 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Divers were able to determine there was some sort of vehicle in the water and speculated that it had been there awhile. the embankment returned and others took their place. Grant, who had been directing maneuvers from above, said he also took a turn. After a few days of examining the site and whatever was buried, Grant said they determined that their part in the operation was at an end. "It's really, really old," Grant said, judging from the amount of rust they encountered in their search. But whether it's more than a doorframe is unknown. At this point Grant said it would take a large piece of equipment, perhaps an excavator to bring it up, if there is indeed something there to retrieve. Grant said that whatever happens is now in the hands of Plumas County Environmental Health Director Jerry Sipe. 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