Inland Water

Inland Water

Our first Inland Water Search was in 2016 and from 2016 to 2018 our Inland Water program has limited activity.  Initially, it was strictly a resource for Cadavear dog handlers.  However, beginning in 2018 we added the Side Scan Sonar component and since that time we've utilized it on several recovery requests. Currently, our Inland Water Unit is comprised on the following equipment and members:


The Boat, motors, and kayaks:

We have a 16ft Zodiac we use for Inland Water along with numerous kayaks our members bring when requested.  For any activation we can bring the boat while kayaks are based on volunteer availability.  

The boat itself can be powered by:

  • 20 HP 4 Stroke Tahutsu 

  • Trolling Motor

  • Paddle

Side Scan

Presently, we have the following Side Scan Sonar Units and Under Water ROV:

  • Hummingbird Helix 12 G3

  • Hummingbird Helix 10 G2 (Stationed at Lake Cooley for training)

  • Deep Trekker DTG3 (Stationed at Lake Cooley for training)

Equipment/Boat/Kayak Operators


Our Equipment/Boat/Kayak operators are avid outdoorsman/women.  Those who operate the actual Sonar Unit have also either taken a class provided by Henderson County Rescue Squad or recently participated in the SONAR Interpretation Class (MOO-0001) through the State of NC.  Below are our Inland Water Team Members


  1. Tim Alexander

  2. Brian Brown

  3. Larry Easler

  4. Greg Herbst

  5. Lisa Jenkins

  6. Scott Langley

  7. Dianne Long

  8. Tyra Seymour

  9. Chris Spencer

  10. Karen Steele

  11. Laura Turner

  12. Mitch Turner




Boat Captains/Side Scan Operators

  1. Paleather Burnett - HCRS Class - Side Scan

  2. Melanie Ballew - HCRS Class - Side Scan/DTG3

  3. Bill Bomar - HCRS Class - The Skipper

  4. Brian Brown - HCRS Class - Side Scan

  5. Evan Cook - M00-001 - Side Scan

  6. Robbie Swofford - HRCS Class/M00-001 - Side Scan/DTG3

  7. Mitch Turner - DTG3 Operator 

  8. Jason West - DTG3 Operator 

  9. Chris Spencer - Side Scan