Man Clinging to Overturned Canoe Rescued

Man Clinging to Overturned Canoe Rescued

Though an unusual way to use the ResQ Disc, it certainly worked and congratulations to the deputies for being resourceful and inventive to save that life! Here is the news release from the Office of the Lapeer County Sheriff.

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On Saturday 11-12-2016 at 4:18 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies

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Michigan Conservation Officer Saves Life

Michigan Conservation Officer Saves Life

In October 2016, ResQ Disc headquarters received a notice of another confirmed rescue / life saved using the ResQ Disc Throwable Water and Ice Rescue Device making it the 524th reported rescue. As is our policy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will receive a free ResQ Disc. The press release they published on October 18, 2016 is below.
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DNR conservation officer helps rescue man from Detroit River

A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer helped rescue a man Saturday morning who had jumped into the Detroit River from the MacArthur Bridge at Belle Isle Park in an attempt to take his own life. At about 10:44 a.m. Saturday, conservation officer Richard Cardenas received dispatch information on a possible suicidal subject, who was driving a black Chrysler Town and Country van, and reportedly was planning to jump off the MacArthur Bridge. The 49-year-old Detroit man’s mother had called 9-1-1 after he called her on the telephone, telling her he had “relapsed on drugs; he loved her; but could not do it anymore.”
Cardenas – a conservation officer from the DNR’s Plainwell Customer Service Center who has worked for the department since January 2014 – arrived at the MacArthur Bridge approximately 1 minute after receiving the emergency dispatch information. He saw a van matching the dispatch description heading north on the bridge, leaving Belle Isle….

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Kayaker Saved from Swift Water

Kayaker Saved from Swift Water

Fort Benning Fire Department Reported: April 19, 2014 Reported by William P. Pagels, District Chief FORT BENNING, GA — After very heavy rains the Upatoi Creek was running 16 feet above flood stage when six untrained kayakers entered the water and were rapidly over come by the current. One was swept away in his boat and was able to land safely downstream. Two capsized immediately and lost their boats in the current. One self-rescued to the shore and the other was stuck in a tree in the swift water about 80′ from shore. In an attempt to rescue his friend from the tree, a third capsized and lost his boat but managed to self rescue. The forth successfully returned to shore. The Fort Benning Fire Department responded to the scene and successfully tethered a rescuer who deployed into the creek far enough to throw the ResQ-Disc to the stranded victim. The victim was successfully belayed to shore with mild hypothermia but no injuries. I have personally responded to several water fatalities on Fort Benning and am ecstatic to report a life saved! Thank...

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14-year-old Girl Rescued from Icy Pond

14-year-old Girl Rescued from Icy Pond

Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office Reported: February 17, 2012 Reported by Deputy Adrian Wise BIRCH RUN, MI — According to victim’s testimony, while playing in the snow with several of her friends, one of her dogs got out of the house, ran on the pond and fell through the ice. In an attempt to save it, the 14-year-old Taymouth Township girl ventured onto the ice-covered pond behind her home and fell through. Unable to pull herself out due to the pond depth, she kept her head above water as her friends called 911. Upon arriving at the scene and assessing the situation, Deputy Wise, promptly grabbed a ResQ Disc from his vehicle. After a few attempts to pull the girl from the ice (the challenge being getting the victim over the ice), at last with assistance from other personnel, the girl was pulled to safety. She suffered only minor scrapes and cuts from the ice and was treated for...

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US Border Patrol Releases Rescue Count from Three Locations

US Border Patrol Releases Rescue Count from Three Locations

Staff Writer, Sav-A-Life February 2012 US Border Patrol- Homeland Security recently reported to Sav-A-Life (developer of the ResQ Disc) that since 2008, they have saved 51 lives in Yuma AZ, 28 lives in El Centro, CA and 23 lives in El Paso, TX for a total of 102 lives saved in just 3 years. And that is just the REPORTED rescues. US Border Patrol issues the ResQ Disc as standard rescue equipment in all of the 4000 vehicles in any location where they have water crossing. The reported rescues are from only three of the many locations throughout the US they use the Resq Disc. “On average, we have one reported rescue for every 100 discs sold,” says Dr. Thomas Sytko, inventor of the ResQ Disc, “I would have to estimate that with use in 4000 vehicles, the US Border Patrol would most likely have close to 400 rescues for all locations.” US Border Patrol has over 200 lives saved since they started using the disc in 2003. Michigan State Police have the next highest number of lives...

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