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Rapid City water rescue team took a second look

By Barrett Phillips

Wednesday, the Rapid City Water and Rescue team took to the waters once again in an effort to find a woman missing since last week's storms.

The search for Kristen Lakin continued as divers scoured ponds after search dogs showed interested in a pond near Battle Creek Sunday.

Even though the water was still murky, the team is confident in their training.  "We've trained for that. We do multiple scenarios every year when the guys can't see; that's how we do things. We expect when we go out that we're not going to be able to see stuff. So, everything is done by feel; covering two to three feet at a time," team leader Brian Povandra said.

 As of Wednesday they had not found any remains. As the water further recedes Tristan Clements, Butte County deputy sheriff, says they will repeat their search efforts and asks area land owners to keep looking.  "We got a project in the works with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. We're hoping to take a couple more air missions once the water recedes further. We're also in the process of notifying and talking to all the land owners," Clements said.

Clements says if they do not find any signs of Lakin soon the search and rescue will turn into a search and recovery and resources will be pulled.

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