Tow Truck Driver Rescued from Pond

Tow Truck Driver Rescued from Pond

A tow truck driver who was struggling in the water and nearly drowned, showed up at the Port St. Lucie Police Department Wednesday morning to thank the officers who saved him.

According to police, Danny Hahn, who works with the towing company called Tow Master, was trying to find a car that crashed into a pond Tuesday

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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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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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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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