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Dive team searches Oklahoma River for infant girl

A dive team from the Oklahoma City Fire Department searched the Oklahoma River for a victim of the May 31 flooding, an infant girl.
by Robert Medley Modified: June 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013

Friday, Stanaland said, the search moved to the May Avenue dam near S May Avenue where a team of divers searched underwater.

Dive teams will not be in the water this weekend as the fire department takes time to evaluate how the search will be conducted.

“The fire department is doing well with these searches,” Stanaland said. “It's part of our job. We're working very diligently and very hard throughout this flooding event and the recovery of the victims.”

Next week, the fire department will begin relying on city public works boat crews to let firefighters know if they find anything in their routine patrols of the river.

The department always monitors the mental and physical health of firefighters in all situations, he said.

“It always does affect you and it does sometimes make it worse because it's children,” Stanaland said. “Unfortunately that's what we're looking for, a little bitty infant, so it is a tough duty but these firefighters are strong and work through those type of issues.”

Contributing: Staff Writer Hannah Covington