NYPD’s first scuba diver honored in Manhattan 60 years after pioneering the aquatic gig

Walter Mylett became part of the NYPD’s underwater recovery unit when it launched in 1956. (THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Walter Mylett never expected his diving for nickels and dimes in Sheepshead Bay to change his life.

Mylett, now 89, turned his childhood pursuit into a job as the NYPD’s first scuba diver — and he was back in the city Saturday for an event marking the 60th anniversary of his underwater work.

“The scuba unit wanted some history, and I’m the only one who can give it to them because I was here since the beginning,” Mylett told the Daily News before his dinner with the current squad.

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Mylett crawls towards his partner William Reddan during mock rescue demonstration. (MOLINARI, ED)