Hurricane Sandy Rescue Efforts: New York Scuba Crew on Standby

Diane Sawyer talks to Terrance Sullivan about scuba response team.
3:00 | 10/29/12

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there, as many as 85,000 citizen soldiers, we are told, and airmen are ready to respond, fly in and help their neighbors in this storm. And among those standing watch in new york, a dedicated group of diving response team taking on huge waves in the darkness to save anyone who needs help. 14-year veteran sergeant terrence sullivan is one of them and he joined me today at the water's edge. How big are these swells, these waves going to be? It's going to be, you know, five to ten feet swells here. Somebody was to fall in the water or jumps in the water we're going to respond and try to get them out. Reporter: During irene did you have to pull anyone out? S high kayakers. Reporter: Kayakers. Yes, I don't know what they were thinking. Reporter: You rescue people out of their cars? Yes, unfortunately people still driving out there and what's going to happen when the water comes back up again, it's going to be higher than it was earlier today and people will call 911 and we'll respond. Give me a sense of being in a 25-foot-wave in scuba gear. How much does it weigh? Probably 25 pounds. Do you say anything to each other before you head out on this kind of night? To the men it's all about being safe right now. Whatever we do we have to make sure nobody gets hurt today. What do you say to them? Well, I'm not going to lie to you. My wife wasn't happy I had to go to work today and I probably won't be going home tonight. I'll see her in a few days and that's about it. What a team and, by the way, you couldn't see it quite there but as we were standing there, the statue of liberty was in the rainy distance. I asked the sergeant about that. It's been closed down because of the hurricane. He said she's never been tested this way and we don't want to lose the statue today. We'll let you know what happens

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