Columbia Basin Dive Rescue dedicates new sonar system to Hanford High student

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue's new sonar system named Dmetri

RICHLAND, Wash. — Columbia Basin Dive Rescue unveiled its new sonar system to the public on Feb. 22, dedicating it to a special member of the community in the process.

Back in May of 2018 Dmetri Kennedy-Woody, a Hanford High senior, died while jumping off a train bridge into the Yakima River with friends. He was 18 years old and days away from his high school graduation.

The rescue team was a part of the search and recovery of Kennedy-Woody, spending six days searching the river.

During this time, the team realized the need for a sonar system to aid in searches like this one. To their surprise, funds were raised in just three months. They credit the community support that occurred after Kennedy-Woody’s passing to help raise those funds.

So, with his family’s blessing, the team named the new sonar system “Dmetri” in Kennedy-Woody’s honor.

“From today on ‘Dmetri’ will be a part of out team and a vital part of our mission to try and ensure that no family is forced to have their questions left unanswered,” Surface Support and Fundraising Officer Phil Morton said.