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    TCT TEST

    This should be good to use in TCT classes for those of you involved in SAR . . . .


    Sent to me by Ed Huntsman from Arizona, take this test:


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    Test

    Pretty good! Ed must work for the state; he obviously has too much time on his hands to find stuff like that! Mike

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    YES HE DOES! hahahah

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    High waters force rescues

    High waters force rescues

    Story date: March 20, 2008

    Teams rescue couple from home north of Scottsville Tuesday night; authorities say house “washed away”overnight

    By Mary Kincy Benefield

    newseditor@couriernews.com

    The Pope County Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) search and rescue team braved thunderstorms Tuesday night as flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service were realized in areas north of Scottsville, stranding a couple in their home.
    Justin Drittler, assistant director of the OEM, said the area surrounding the relatively isolated home off Granny Gap Road became saturated by overflow from the Illinois Bayou.
    “They were in their house, and the water got up to their house,” Drittler said of the couple, who he said apparently escaped from their home by breaking a kitchen window through which they exited the structure.
    Drittler said the couple was waiting somewhere outside the home when rescuers arrived on scene.
    “I was told they were outside the house, but I don’t know where they were,” Drittler said, adding 15 members of the search and rescue team responded after receiving the call for help about 9:35 p.m.
    “First, we sent the raft in, and they didn’t have enough manpower in the raft to get the raft out, so they took a jet ski in to get the raft and bring them out,” Drittler said.
    Both were transported to the hospital in the aftermath of the rescue, where they were treated for exposure, Drittler said, adding it was his understanding the house from which the couple was rescued was reported “washed away” Wednesday.
    He said no one else in the area appeared to have been stranded by high waters, although rescuers did respond to a site on Eubanks Road, off State Highway 333, where a vehicle stalled on the roadway after high waters spilled over from a nearby creek.

    http://www.couriernews.com/story.php?ID=17987

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    Lifeboat called to save jetski duo



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    PORT Erin lifeboat went to rescue of two people onboard a broken down jetski.
    The lifeboat was called out at 11.40am on Sunday after the jetski broke down in Port Erin Bay.

    The two were returned, via the lifeboat, to the beach safe and well.

    The RNLI has taken this opportunity to inform pleasure craft users that it is advisable to carry a marine VHS radio or a set of flares.


    The full article contains 78 words and appears in n/a newspaper.
    Last Updated: 17 March 2008 2:18 PM


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    Youth Died In Tragic Jetski Accident.

    A verdict of misadventure has been recorded following the death of a 19-year-old on a Jetski on Lough Beltra, near Castlebar. Following the inquest, which was held at Castlebar Courthouse yesterday (Monday), Coroner for Mayo South, Mr John O’Dwyer said he would be writing to Mayo County Council to recommend that regulations governing the use of Jetskis on the county’s waterways be urgently put in place. Describing the loss of Alan Joyce, Ranaghy, Islandeady, Castlebar as, “an absolute waste of life”, Mr O’Dwyer said he hoped the death would not be in vain and that lessons would be learned from the tragedy.


    The inquest heard that Mr Joyce, a petrol forecourt attendant, was a passenger on a Jetski driven by a friend, Conor Deffely, when it overturned on Lough Beltra on August 6, 2006. Neither of the youths had been wearing lifejackets at the time although there were lifejackets available on the shore. Conor Deffely told the inquest that as they were turning on the lake at low speed the Jetski turned over and they were both thrown into the water. They turned it back up to get back on but it turned over again. Witness said he managed to get onto the Jetski but heard Alan calling him and swam over to him, to try and calm him, but he panicked and grabbed hold of him.

    He went back to the Jetski and then swam back to Alan again but the same thing happened and he was unable to save his friend. Mr Deffely said he used the upturned Jetski to float back to his friends on the shore. Earlier on, there had been two Jetskis on the lake. The one involved in the tragedy was a Kawasaki machine, bought by a local youth, Thomas McLoughlin, five days earlier for •2,000 from a man near Granard, Co Longford.


    After returning a verdict of misadventure, Mr. O’Dwyer recalled Sergeant John Mahon to the witness box. Sgt Mahon said no regulations about the use of Jetskis had been adopted by the local authority, Mayo County Council. The Maritime Safety Act empowered local authorities to make regulations on waters under their control but these regulations were not in use in Mayo. Mr O’Dwyer said he had been told by the Council that it was a matter for the members of Mayo County Council to discuss and decide on.

    It was not a managerial matter. He would now write to the Council and make recommendations. Insp William Keaveney said that if the regulations were introduced the Garda Siochana would play their role in enforcing them. westernpeople.ie


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    Officials warn of strong currents
    By John Tompkins
    The Facts Published March 18, 2008
    SAN LUIS PASS — Marine officials urge students looking to take a dip in coastal waters to use caution after a Deer Park teen drowned off San Luis Pass.

    The 16-year-old girl drowned at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday after she and a friend went swimming near the pass and were swept away by strong currents, Galveston Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said.

    “One of them slipped underwater,” Davis said. “One of them drifted through the poles and she was picked up by a bystander.”

    A rescue helicopter found the girl about an hour and 15 minutes later, Davis said. She was about three-quarters of a mile from where she last was seen, he said.

    Rescuers pulled her up on a sled behind a personal watercraft to perform CPR, but the girl had been underwater too long, he said.

    The girl’s name had not been released Monday because it was not confirmed that relatives had been notified, Davis said.

    The other girl, also 16, was up and walking around at a Galveston-area hospital Sunday evening, he said.

    Sunday evening’s rescue attempt was one of eight for Galveston Beach Patrol that weekend, Davis said.

    “That current was running really fast,” Davis said. “Much more than usual. Saturday we were hammered.”

    Except for helping Galveston’s rescue squad Sunday, there had been no rescue attempts near beaches around Surfside Beach this spring break, Surfside Police Chief Randy Smith said Monday. The Gulf Coast Rescue Squad has made half a dozen rescues this year around Brazoria County waterways but mainly for stranded boaters, said John Blankenship, search and rescue captain.

    A storm system moving in from the west is kicking up winds, making tides run about two feet higher than normal, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Kyle said. A line of heavy thunderstorms is expected to move through the area today and waves will be higher than usual until Wednesday, Kyle said.

    Most all Brazoria County- and Houston-area schools will be out the rest of this week for spring break.

    “We always dread this time of year,” Blankenship said.

    With more students on spring break at the same time compared to years when districts took different weeks off, the beaches have seen more people, Smith said.

    “It has been busy,” he said. “But today with the winds blowing, we have no beach.”

    Weather patterns over the past few weeks, including shifting winds, have made area coastal waters dangerous, Smith said.

    “It will cause a lot of undertow and riptides,” he said. “Any time the seasons change ... it does make the waters turbulent.”

    Coast Guard officials have regular patrols, petty officer Mario Romero said. Incidents where rescue efforts are needed tend to go up around spring break, Romero said.

    “It’s basically normal for this time of year,” he said.

    The currents around San Luis Pass often are swift, but with the weather conditions Sunday and Monday, they were more turbulent, said

    Lt. Mark Molavi, enforcement division chief for the Houston-Galveston sector of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    “That’s even more dangerous,” he said. “The winds drive the waves.”

    Davis advised beachgoers not to swim alone, to swim near structures such as bridges, rocks or piers, to keep close watch on children near the water and not to swim while under the influence of alcohol.

    John Tompkins is senior reporter for The Facts. Contact him at (979) 237-0149.


    http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=ee5d64191a2f486a

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    Ocean Safety: Opportunities for off-island perspectives


    by Monty Downs - Special to The Garden Island

    Posted: Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 - 10:38:47 pm HST
    The annual statewide ocean safety conference will be held on O‘ahu tomorrow at the Queens Hospital conference center. This conference rotates being hosted by each of the counties — and when it’s Kaua‘i’s turn every few years, there’s quite a lot of work involved, trust me. This year most of our Kaua‘i representatives can breathe relatively easily and only have to show up. We are, however, gearing up to host this year’s national United States Lifeguard Association conference — more on that in the future.

    Two of our contingent do have some work to do since they have a central role in this year’s state conference. Kalani Vierra will be delivering Kaua‘i’s annual State of the County report, including the good and the bad (as do all the islands’ supervisors), and Fire Chief Robert Westerman will be on a four-person panel which will discuss and describe how things go when a county’s Ocean Safety Division is assimilated by the Fire Department. (A quick version: serious personnel and logistics growing pains but overall very, very positive in certain settings, including Kaua‘i.)
    O‘ahu’s ocean safety supervisor, Ralph Goto, conceived of this conference some 19 years ago, and he has kept it going ever since. I believe we’ve only omitted one over the years. This is one of the many accomplishments which has led to his being widely acknowledged as a world leader in ocean safety. The conferences are first of all always inspirational, as the 100 or so participants get to mingle with the ocean safety professionals and advocates from all four counties and we get to touch bases and to hear about each others’ struggles and successes.

    Second, they offer a great opportunity for each county to learn and assimilate techniques and advancements that have taken place in other counties. The biggest example for us is when the O‘ahu North Shore lifeguards brought their JetSki/rescue-sled set-up over to Kaua‘i when we hosted the conference back in 1993. Because of that we have had our own JetSki rescue program and more than a few very grateful people (and families) are alive today because of it. There are many other examples. Kaua‘i, in turn, has contributed a lot by demonstrating our determination to improve. For years we’ve been faced with having the highest county per-capita drowning rate in the state, and probably in the United States, and our attempt to tackle this — via many people’s oustanding efforts in both the public and private sectors — has been an inspiration and a lesson to the other counties. Specifically, our kauaiexplorer.com Web site, our Kauai Visitors’ Bureau’s progressive attitude, our county government’s committment to program development, our WAVE project and our Bridges of Hawai‘i crisis support team are guiding beacons for other counties, states and even countries.

    Third, they introduce us to ocean safety people and ideas from other parts of the world. Our keynote speaker this year will be the head of ocean safety in San Diego. Other speakers have come from many parts of the United States and also from Australia (whose largely-volunteer lifeguard program sets a standard that no one has been able to touch). In addition, Ralph Goto has opportunities to speak abroad at international conferences — one of those tough parts of his job — and he comes back with mind-boggling reports. In Bangladesh, for example, drownings are counted by the hundreds of thousands per year. And did you know that the worldwide No. 1 cause for loss of life in natural disasters is drowning? This adds a certain perspective to our 10-12 drownings per year, but it doesn’t diminish the suffering that each one entails and that drives our task force’s efforts.

    Being inspired by the conference will be the easy part. The hard part is keeping the coals glowing for another year and for years thereafter — first and foremost our lifeguards with their binoculars and training on our beaches, and then ourselves and our visitor industry workers in our hotel lobbies and at our activities desks, day in and day out. I always find that I come back to you and count on you to be the grunt workers, the people who are on the alert for a moment in which to spread the “Enjoy our beautiful island and ... exercise caution” message, Kaua‘i’s own special life-saving message of aloha.

    • Monty Downs is an emergency room doctor at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. His column appears every other Wednesday.



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    Men rescued after boat overturns

    Posted Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:24pm AEDT
    Two men were rescued from the hull of an upturned boat on Tweed River shortly before 4:00pm AEST today.
    A spokesman from Volunteer Marine Rescue at Point Danger says the 18-foot boat rolled while crossing the bar.
    The men were rescued by lifeguards on jet skis.
    One of the men received a minor head injury.



    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/20/2196070.htm

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    Funny, comming home from Ventura to Santa Barbara....Neptune decided to shake his booties and rock and roll as we were comming home. for some reason reading all your posting clicks on and makes me calm. It was a struggle getting back home, but I have a smile doing it

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    Nine surfers rescued in Tobago By KARL E CUPID Tobago Bureau Sunday, March 23 2008
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    FURIOUS WAVES: The sea in its fury at Store Bay, yesterday....


    While the rough seas may have subsided a bit, beaches in Tobago remained closed to the public yesterday.
    “It was cutting down this morning (Saturday), but with the high tide in the afternoon the waves would again increase”, said lifeguard supervisor Michael Baker.

    “We are still appealing to people to stay away from the beaches for bathing purposes,” he added, noting that beaches on the island’s north-western end, particularly at Grange Bay near Mt Irvine, had attracted crowds of spectators.

    Baker noted that the huge waves had only calmed down temporarily due to the low tide yesterday (Saturday) morning.

    “But as soon as the high tide returns, so too would the large waves, so it still is not safe and anyone taking their chances in the water would be doing so at their own risk!”

    Baker reported that up to midday yesterday, nine surfers were rescued by lifeguards in the Mt Irvine/ Grange Bay area, eight of them on Friday, after their surfboards were smashed, literally split in two, by the towering monster waves in this area.

    “They (the surfers) could not swim back to shore because of the powerful underwater turbulence and we had to use rescue watercraft, that is a jet ski with a sledge attached, to get them”, the lifeguard supervisor told Sunday Newsday.

    He also reported that the special pathway for physically-challenged persons at Mt Irvine beach has been damaged, and these persons must be alerted that there is no access to the beach for them at this time.

    Meanwhile, on Friday three pirogues and a yacht reportedly sank in the Mt Irvine area while the retaining concrete structures of three properties close to the coastline at Black Rock were swept away by the 20-foot waves.

    Nature also unleashed its fury on the north east end, with large swells in the fishing districts of Charlotteville, Castara, Parlatuvier, and environs, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. Up to yesterday, Baker noted there had been no beach-related casualties. “Thank God!” he asserted.

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