Dive Team That Pulled Bodies From Plane Crash Speaks Out
OCEAN CITY, Md.- A dive team of eight combed through the rough Atlantic waters. The Maryland State Dive Team searched for the bodies of two off-duty Ocean City police officers, Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr., 43, of Ocean City, Md., and Joshua D. Adickes, 27, of Berlin, Md., after a horrific plane crash that occurred off the Ocean City coast late Sunday afternoon.
Maryland State Police Lt. Krah Plunkert, who is on the dive team, said it was not easy.
"Down on the bottom, we were about 35 feet," said Plunkert. "It was pitch black. And it's though somebody turned the lights off."
Plunkert said divers used sonar to spot the plane.
"Once down on the plane the currents were bad. They shift you one way and back another, ripping and roaring," Plunkert said. So he said they had to grab on.
"You physically had to hold on to a section of the plane or anything you feel is stable," Plunkert said. "A lot of the components of the plane were not stable. You hold on to what you can. You literally had to hold on to the backpack of your partner."
And after a grueling search, MSP Dive Team, Sea Tow and OC Dive found the bodies. Plunkert said, "without the partnership between the teams the recovery would not have been as successful."
"Our brother law enforcers were there and we brought them home," he said. "I don't think we are heroes, we are all brothers. They would do the same for us."
Ocean City police spokesman Officer Mike Levy said his department appreciates the dive teams' courageous efforts.
"We can't say enough tremendous things about the Maryland State Police Dive Team; they've worked in some incredibly rough conditions," Levy said.