LORTON, Va. - (WUSA) - A search is underway for a missing Fairfax county police diver in Pohick Bay in southern Fairfax county. The diver was involved in a training excercise Tuesday afternoon, which began at about 1:30 p.m., and he was first reported missing at about 2:45 p.m., according to Officer Don Gotthardt, a spokesman for Fairfax county police.
Gotthardt says crews from Fairfax county police and Fairfax county fire/rescue immediately began trying to locate the missing diver, and are continuing that search, using helicopters, marine patrol units, and canine units. Those Fairfax county crews are also being assisted by personnel from city of Alexandria and Prince William county police and fire, as well as the U.S. Coast guard, and other agencies.
Gotthardt says police divers are used primarily for search and rescue missions, and are also utilized for gathering of evidence in or near bodies of water. The missing diver involved in Tuesday's training excercise is only identified at this point as a male police officer. Police were unable to provide any details about the nature of the training exercise that the missing diver was involved in.
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