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The Search for Clarence Holmes in Laurel Lake Ky

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Spd 135, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Spd 135

    Spd 135 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Slidell La
    [h=2][​IMG] Equipment HELP! The Continuing Search for Clarence Holmes, Laurel Lake Kentucky[/h]
    To my diver friends I am looking for 4-6 large underwater lights. These would be the type similar to the ones used in Men Of Honor. They can be 12v dc, 110v ac or even 220v ac. I need to hang them about 20-30 feet off of the bottom in our search area in Kentucky. We can make our dive profiles more shallow and using this system we should be able to illuminate the bottom from above. Even the loan of some video lights would possibly work. This is all being done on our own nickel so any help would be appreciated. We have one last area, to search, that we have evidence Clarence Holmes is there. Due to depths and cold it is slow and tedious as well as cold. By using "stadium lighting" we can search from a much shallower depth and will end this search sooner and more safely. I appreciate any help with lighting.

    Forrest Wilson, Skip Kendrick, Robbie Smith and Derrick Powell have been with me and searching this lake. The profiles are 90-100' and 40-41 degrees. It is very dark and tedious. We have been there twice and are down to a specific area in which we are confident we will locate Clarence Holmes on the bottom. There is a facebook page you can visit. Come Home Clarence. You can also visit my page (Mark Michaud) for information on this search. Here are 2 videos I shot showing dives.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRyxhddsh_4 Derrick Powell and Myself

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRyxhddsh_4 Forrest and I

    Mark Michaud diverecoveries at charter dot net nine eight five nine six 0 one one five seven​
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  2. robbf213

    robbf213 Angel Fish

    Sorry no help with lights, we just don't have or use them. I am curious though are you guys just running search/grid patterns or using any type of sonar? Good luck with the search and please stay safe!
  3. Spd 135

    Spd 135 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Slidell La
    Due to the standing forest on the bottom, sonar has been of no use. We are using grids and I brought in water certified cadaver dogs on our first trip. We are very close but If we can make it a bit easier on the divers it would help. I'm not sure this "will" work but I think it will. Video lights in caves illuminate it well. Here we have the lack of sunlight penetration, but the water is clear. Getting the diver's off the bottom some will be a bit warmer and will be better on nitrogen uptake.
  4. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    You might have better luck with contacting commercial diving outfits who use large lighting in their operations. We just don't use that type of system in your run of the mill operations so not many know how it is used.

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