Fern has since been used in Loch Awe where she located the bodies of 3 missing fishermen and in September of 2013, located the body of a missing person in a lake in County Down. Police divers recovered the body from that location, a short time later.
Neil and John have conducted a follow up DVSD course for NSARDA in August 2013, in which 3 new trainees began the process towards becoming drowned victim search dog handlers. A more advanced course will take place in November 2013 in which the trainees will learn search tactics on lakes, sea and rivers.
SPEK-9 is a company which has been set up by Neil Powell and John Sjoberg, in response to many demands from the dog training world. Its purpose is primarily to impart the knowledge and skills which John and Neil have developed over their respective, 20 - 30 years of training search dogs.
In the late 1980s, John was a member of the Swedish Special Forces with particular responsibility for finding a method of training dogs to detect enemy underwater swimmers and hidden equipment under the water surface.