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March 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 48, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Last month, we reported how volunteer scuba divers across the country have been successfully searching underwater for missing persons, providing a significant boost to their families and law enforcement. But the FBI has a professional search team that does that and much more.

The FBI's Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team, or USERT, consists of trained divers who use high-tech equipment to search for things as big as a jet engine and as small as a bullet. For example, they aided in the search for Flight 800, which exploded over the Atlantic Ocean in 1996. Divers scoured a 40-square-mile patch of the ocean floor to recover the remains of 230 passengers and 96 percent of the plane.

They are skilled: working in dark environments, they use sonar and metal detectors to search for evidence in zero visibility. And in great shape: their equipment can weigh more than100 pounds, and walking on a river bottom in a current at 3 or 4 knots is similar to jogging on the surface.

They have teams based in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. Want to apply? For more information go to

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