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Midwest Technical Recovery Team

A Michigan based Underwater Search and Recovery Team, with Land Search Capabilities.

MTRT is a 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Contact, mtrtdiver@gmail.com

The Midwest Technical Recovery Team (MTRT) is a group of volunteers primarily consisting of SCUBA Instructors, Divemasters, Technical and Rescue divers, including U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains.  We are organized to assist Law Enforcement and the Community in the recovery of persons or property from depths greater than the recognized sport diving maximum depth limits.(130ft)

However, MTRT does not limit our assistance to the greater depths, they will assist in many other environments such as low visibility when called upon.

The team regularly trains at depths greater than the recreational limits, often in poor to zero visibility, and train year round, including under the ice.

Team training consists of Public Safety Diving, Underwater Crime Scene Investigation, Underwater Photography/Videography, Ice Diving, and Decompression Diving using Advanced Nitrox and Trimix blends of breathing gasses.

Individual divers pay for their own equipment and training. In addition to monetary expense we donate many hours of hard work training both in and out of the water.

Team equipment is paid for by the team members and through donations from the community.

MTRT is a 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. mtrtdiver@gmail.com



Team Mission Statement

  • To assist or substitute for City, County, or State Dive Teams in the recovery of victims vehicles or evidence in the Great Lakes region in excess of 60 feet of water, and other hazardous diving situations.  Examples: under ice, overhead environments and rivers, or when no other Underwater Recovery Team is available.
  • The Dive Team is willing to travel in order to assist Local and State authorities or families in the underwater recovery of persons and or evidence* in the Great Lakes region.


* Property pertaining to evidence either criminal or civil negligence.

MTRT in the News

Detroit Free Press Feature

Gilboa Stone Quarry Recovery

Glen Lake Recovery Effort

MTRT Training Dive News Story


Recent and Upcoming Events

Anchor Bay High School Special Needs Scuba Event, 3-27-09

Underwater Crime Scene Diving

Public Safety Diver:


Midwest Technical Recovery Team is a volunteer public safety dive team trained to recover underwater evidence. The team doesn't usually do search and rescue, but is trained to do so.  Normally they do underwater search and recovery.  MTRT offers training in public safety diving to members of other public safety dive teams, or people who are sponsored by another team.  Team members have experience diving in all five of the great lakes:  Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior.  MTRT also dives in many of the inland lakes around Southeast Michigan, and Northeast Ohio.

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