Why do we need one? How was it set up? What special skills and equipment is required? These questions and many more answered by the founder of the FBI Diving Unit himself!
Bobby takes us through some of the real life crime events his FBI Diving Unit worked on. Absolutely riveting.
In 2006, SA Chacon was selected by the FBI Laboratory to be part of a twelve FBI diver Team to travel to Yusafiah, Iraq to conduct underwater search operations in support of the US Army's Criminal Investigation Division (see Brian DiPalma film "Redacted").
In 2007, SA Chacon was selected as the Senior Team Leader for the FBI Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team for the Los Angeles Field Division.
Notable dive operations participated include TWA Flight 800 (1996), Space Shuttle Colombia (2003) Laci Peterson (2003), Minneapolis Bridge collapse (2007).
In 2008, SA Chacon was selected by the FBI's University Education Program (UEP) to attend commercial dive school and obtain his underwater welding licence.
In 2009, SA Chacon graduated from the National Polytechnic College of Science/College of Oceaneering with an A.S. degree in Marine Science Technology and became a licensed commercial diver and certified underwater welder. From 2009 to 2014 he continued to be the Senior Team Leader of the FBI’s Los Angles Dive Team covering the area from the Mississippi River westward to the border of India & Pakistan. Bobby led the team conducting missions such as the Chelsea King body recovery in 2010, the recovery of $650 million dollars worth of cocaine from a cartel submarine on the bottom of the ocean 150 miles off the coast of Honduras in 2011 and the recovery of Samantha Koenig, the 19 year old dismembered victim of serial killer Israel Keyes from beneath a frozen lake north of Anchorage, Alaska. In between there were many other operations and training.
Retiring from the FBI in 201, Bobby moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where his wife was the Executive Producer of Sport Presentation for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In 2015 he accepted a job as technical advisor for a new US tv show called Criminal Minds Beyond Borders starring Gary Sinise. He flew between Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro for the next two years and when the 2016 Summer Olympics were over, Bobby and his wife, along with their two rescue dogs, moved back to Southern California.
He has been a writer of TV shows and movies ever since. Bobby has appeared in front of the cameras as himself on numerous news shows, podcasts and true crime programs, and believes he may even have appeared on Australian news shows a time or two, mostly regarding the FBI.
This is the first time Bobby Chacon has ever spoken to a wholly diving audience.