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Area Mock Search and Rescue a Success

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The two day mock rescue ended on a high note, with the successful rescue of a missing person. The two day mock rescue ended on a high note, with the successful rescue of a missing person.

After 48 hours of intense searching, more than 100 exhausted police and first responders from Greene, Fluvanna and Albemarle counties finished the final day of a mock rescue on Saturday.  

"We're trying to see what resources that we have that work best and get the person we're looking for back home safely," Chief Deputy Bobby Shiflett of the Albemarle County Sheriff's office said.

The Lake Monticello Water Rescue and Dive Team was on scene Saturday to provide support.

John Lye, the team's chief, says it's important for all first responders to be on the same page.  

"We basically did a shoulder to shoulder search, had everybody lined up across the river and just walked down stream to, so we wouldn't miss anything," Lye said.

While water rescue crews searched Mechunk Creek, first responders worked inside the mobile command unit upstream. It was a way to keep the communication constant between the two teams.

The two day mock rescue ended on a high note, with the successful rescue of a missing person.

"We haven't had a call in a while now, which is a good thing, but we need to our training, it can be a dangerous job and so we want to have everybody up to speed," Lye said.

The chief deputy of the Albemarle County Sheriff's office says this training event is important because it helps agencies from different communities prepare to work together to respond to emergencies.

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