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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State Police Rescue Two Snowmobilers Fallen Through Ice on Higgins Lake

State Police Rescue Two Snowmobilers Fallen Through Ice on Higgins Lake

Published: Sunday, January 09, 2011, 1:30 PM Updated: Monday, January 10, 2011, 9:35 AM By Cole Waterman | The Bay City Times HOUGHTON LAKE — Two snowmobilers who crashed through the ice on Higgins Lake were being treated for hypothermia after being pulled to safety by a pair of Michigan State Police troopers and area citizens. Around 6:15 p.m., Michael Roy, of Houghton Lake, and James Cooper, of Chesaning, fell through the thin ice covering the lake. A short while later, Troopers Kyle Kehn and Harold Terry of the state police’s Houghton Lake Post were dispatched to the scene near the lake’s west shore boat launch. Troopers report Roy and Cooper were in two different locations about a half-mile apart. Friends of the pair had made unsuccessful attempts at rescuing them prior to the troopers’ arrival. After the two snowmobilers had been in the icy water for about 20 minutes, Kehn located Roy near the boat launch and was able to deploy a rescue disk to him. With help from two of Roy’s friends, Kehn pulled Roy onto safe ice. Meanwhile, Terry located Cooper and also deployed a rescue disk. Terry was also assisted by bystanders in pulling Cooper to safety. Both victims were transported to Grayling Mercy Hospital. They are expected to make a full recovery, troopers...

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Two Pulled to Safety From Lake Michigan

Two Pulled to Safety From Lake Michigan

By Evanston Police Chicago Tribune – 08/05/2008 What started as a late night swim turned into a dramatic rescue early Sunday after Evanston police pulled two distressed swimmers to safety from the choppy water of Lake Michigan, authorities said. “I was yelling for help,” Jeffrey Greenberg, 44, of West Dundee said Monday. “Someone coming to get us is the only way we’re alive today.” Greenberg said he and his friend, Heather Muffett, 39, of Hammond, were celebrating her birthday and decided to go swimming at Lee Street Beach about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. But after they got into the water, Greenberg and Muffett were fighting for their lives. Muffett got caught in an undertow, and when Greenberg tried to assist her, 5-foot waves slammed them both against a metal breakwater at the south end of the beach, Greenberg said. “I definitely know there was no possible way of getting back to shore on my own,” Greenberg said. “If I could have, I would have.” With waves crashing over them, the two clung to each other and the breakwater for 90 minutes before they felt the water had calmed to the point where they could safely reach the shore about 50 yards away, Greenberg said. “That’s when the disaster broke,” he said. “I don’t know what happened; I think a wave hit us. All of a sudden she was gone. I thought she was dead.” Muffett surfaced about 10 yards away and screamed for help as they both clung to the breakwater in order to keep from being pulled under the water. “I was pretty much bounced around,” Muffett said Monday. “Every time I had a chance to get up to the surface, I took a breath and then was dunked down again.” A resident heard the cries for help and called police. When Police Officer Matthew George arrived minutes later, he said he was unable to see Greenberg and Muffett because of the darkness and waves. “When I finally saw them they were being battered up against the breakwater,” George said. “I told them we were going to get them out.” Battling the waves, George and Officer Jeffrey Faison entered the water up to their necks and threw Greenberg a rescue disc, then pulled him to safety. Moments later officers threw the disc to Muffett and pulled her to the shore. Other officers arrived during the rescue to assist. Officer...

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Squad Uses Frisbee-Like Gadget In Tubers’ Rescue

Squad Uses Frisbee-Like Gadget In Tubers’ Rescue

By Anna C. Irwin Of the Daily Times Staff If you can throw a Frisbee, you can save a life. Blount County Rescue Squad used the ResQ Disc to prove that last Friday when the hauled two tubers out of Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then were called back to the park less than an hour later to rescue four swimmers in trouble at the Townsend Y. The chief executive officer of Save A Life, the Florida company that produces the discs, planned to fly to Blount County Thursday to personally congratulate the squad for their life-saving efforts. Unfortunately, Dr. Sytko’s plane was grounded by bad weather in Atlanta. A plaque recognizing the Blount County Rescue Squad’s efforts was presented by James Bruns of Bruns Wholesale in Seymour, the East Tennessee representative for Save A Life. Harold Robbins, chairman of the squad’s board of directors, accepted the recognition on behalf of the squad’s volunteers. He also announced plans for a fund-raising effort by the squad utilizing the ResQ Disc. Robbins said everyone making a donation of $30 or more to the Blount County Rescue Squad will receive one of the discs which retail for $39.95. Those who get a disc in appreciation for a $30 donation will save almost $10 over a retail purchase. The rescue squad will keep $10 from each $30 donation. “The greatest benefit will be getting the ResQ Disc into the hands of boaters, people with swimming pools, and others who might someday need to save someone from drowning,” Robbins said. Details of the disc giveaway to donors will be announced later. The disc looks like a fat orange Frisbee wearing a belt. Only 12 inches across, it’s compact enough for any location. When needed, anyone can use it by pulling lose the Velcro on the belt to free a few yards of the 100 feet of rope wrapped around the disc. The belt is attached to the thrower’s waist before the disc is thrown. The disc releases its rope as it sails through the air. The rope acts as a guide making it relatively easy to hit a target area. Once the disc lands in the water, it becomes a flotation device able to support two adults who can be pulled to safety with the rope. Jana Lusby, Blount County Rescue Squad unit director, said Burns gave two discs to...

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Simple Device Saves 2 Lives After Truck Falls Into River

Simple Device Saves 2 Lives After Truck Falls Into River

STUART NEWS – 12/02/1997 SEWALL’S POINT – Though it took a tractor-trailer towing rig to fish their truck out of the water, the two men whose truck crashed over the edge of the Ernest Lyons Bridge and into the Indian River on Sunday were reeled to Safety by little more than a plastic disc and some nylon rope. It’s called the ResQ Disc™. This simple, Frisbee-like device proved true to its name Sunday afternoon. The two unidentified men’s pickup skidded through the bridge railing after the driver braked to avoid the closing drawbridge gates. They were in the water when Sewall’s Point Police Officers Rick Crouse and Scott Donlon arrived. Martin county sheriff’s deputies were already on the scene of the accident, which occurred on the northern edge of the bridge just east of the drawbridge operator’s booth. Unfortunately, however, there was little the deputies could do for the two men, who were scrambling to find something to hang on to. “Their truck was submerged,” Crouse said, “and the nearby bridge pilings were slick with algae and covered with barnacles.” So Crouse and Donlon ran to their cars and fetched their ResQ Discs. Each officer threw one down, and the two men grabbed hold. The men used the discs to stay afloat while a boater eventually arrived and was able to pick the men up and take them to shore. Neither man was injured, which Sewall’s Point police credit largely to the ResQ Discs, which the department’s four cruisers are equipped with. Like a thick Frisbee with a long nylon cord spooled around it, the disc is hardly the most complex tool used by police and rescue crews. “It’s fairly simple. You just tie it around your wrist and throw it out,” Crouse said. “When we first got them, we were all kind of joking. You know, ‘Now we’ve got something to play Frisbee with,’ but after this, we know it is a device to save lives. And it works.” Police Chief Wilbur Kirchner said the department recently purchased the discs for $49.90 each. “That’s well worth a human life, I’ll tell you that,” Kirchner said. The ResQ Discs had arrived in the mail two weeks...

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