Some Tri-State emergency responders got some hands on training for water rescue on Friday.
Next to the Wabash River, military and fire personnel came together for some swift water rescue training.
Bill Matney of Rescue Three International was the lead instructor for this training course. Matney says everyone who takes this course learns how to safely rescue someone in the water, while keeping their team members and themselves safe.
He also says the trainees included firefighters from Marrs and Perry Townships as well as the Indiana Army National Guard. Matney says the river's current flood levels are ideal for this kind of training since it adds complexity to the course.
"The river is different, angry at different areas, different times of the flood stages and stuff," says Perry Township's Larry Krack. "It's never the same. We have to try different techniques, different boat operations to try to cover all the aspects of water rescue. It's difficult to get it all."
Krack also says that this training makes the different between life and death for both the victims in the water and the rescuers.
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