Search and Recovery Team

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The Durham County Sheriff’s Office Search and Recovery Team (SAR) was formed in 1983 and is available for activation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All 11 members of the team are sworn deputies who are highly trained in land-and water-based search and recovery operations. In recent years, this elite team of deep divers assisted with recovery efforts in North Carolina following major natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.


  • Search for and recover victims of drowning
  • Search for and recover evidence or items related to crimes
  • Search for overdue or missing persons
  • Promote water and boating safety to the public
  • Respond to catastrophic incidents
Team Assets
  • 25-foot Pontoon boat
  • 21-foot Carolina Skiff
  • 14-foot aluminum Jon boat
  • Underwater cameras
  • Canvas lift bags
  • AGA II full face masks with communications
  • Dry suits for cold weather and contamination diving