At 12:18 pm, on Saturday May 14, the Pierce County Metro Dive Team was called out for a recovery effort at American Lake. A diver was participating in a civilian dive class at the Lake and did not come up from the practice dive. He was missing for over an hour before the dive team was dispatched to assist.
The Metro divers were able to utilize their sonar and dive equipment to locate the diver. They recovered the man at 4:30pm and brought him to shore. The man was a US Veteran participating in the diving course on Joint Base Lewis McCord. The dive team will be assisting the US Army CID with the investigation.