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Hard-hat diving: Chelan PUD’s dive team builds on 50-year tradition

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WENATCHEE — Darth Vader-like breathing sounds from the communication system inside the Chelan County PUD’s dive trailer amid gauges, timers and computer screens.

Team supervisor Vance Fletcher gazes at underwater images of Rock Island Dam projected from two submerged divers’ helmet cameras.

His instructions to them are concise, but delivered with the camaraderie of a truck driver over a CB radio. Their breathing sounds and quick responses tell Fletcher that all is going well with the dive.

“Hello, Mike. Give…

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