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Rescue divers pull car from Lake Pend Oreille in training exercise

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BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho -

Rescue divers from Boundary and Bonner Counties pulled a car out of Lake Pend Oreille this week as part of an important training exercise. The exercise was used to practice skills they need in real life, such as working underwater in poor visibility and moving a sunken vehicle upright. 

Before sinking the car, divers stripped it of any hazardous fluids, then submerged it in the lake, but added weights to simulate the removed fluids and any cargo that usually accompanies a car. They then worked together all day, using lift bags capable of lifting 2000 pounds each, to roll the car and raise it to the surface.

The Boundary County Sheriff's Office told KHQ exercises like this one are essential in making sure they are ready, should a situation like this ever present itself. 

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