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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Live Water Rescue Caught on Video

Live Water Rescue Caught on Video

This live action FOX TV News clip shows the rescue of a woman in Pontiac, Illinois using our ResQ Disc™. The woman, in 40 degree water, was carried in the river’s strong current under several bridges. Using various rescue equipment including a standard life ring and throw bags, the fire department made several attempts to save her… to no avail. As she exited from beneath the last bridge, Pontiac Police Officer, Sgt. Morgan quickly retrieved his ResQ Disc™ from the trunk of his squad car. He quickly and easily threw the ResQ Disc like a frisbee over 100 feet into the middle of the river. The victim grabbed the yellow line and allowed the ResQ Disc™ to slide into her grasp. By submerging the buoyant ResQ Disc™, she got her head above water and tried to relax while Sgt. Morgan, positioned safely on shore, simply pulled her to safety without risking his life. The rescue took less than 60 seconds… Under a minute to save a...

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Winter Water and Ice Rescue Police Training Video

Winter Water and Ice Rescue Police Training Video

This video provides practical techniques for law enforcement officers to use if they find themselves falling through ice in uniform. An actual ice self rescue is demonstrated to illustrate the techniques that can be utilized. The video offers further tips in rescuing someone who has fallen through the ice using a Res Q Disc®. The video was produced in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard and the Michigan State Police. BLUtube is powered by...

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ResQ Disc Inventor Interviewed – Real Water Rescue Stories

ResQ Disc Inventor Interviewed – Real Water Rescue Stories

On William Shatner’s “Heartbeat of America” series “Keeping America Strong,” the ResQ Disc™ was featured as an innovative new product designed specifically to save lives. Listen and watch as featured guest, Dr. Thomas Sytko, inventor of the ResQ Disc™, explains his life-saving rescue equipment, shares real rescue stories, commends government agencies currently using the ResQ Disc™ and mentions those agencies he would like to see using this life-saving rescue equipment. NOTE: Mentions to price were from the time of the interview and introductory. Discs retail for $89 each and with the new Quick Release ResQ Bag the total cost per set is...

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