Water Rescue Training Begins

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ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Some of the people who typically are out rescuing stranded river goers on waterways throughout Oregon are sharpening their skills and learning new techniques this week. Twenty students are learning from twenty instructors and will have hands on training that could help save lives.

“I think it’s going to be helpful for us to observe when people are in distress and not in distress and what type of things to look for,” said Multnomah County Dept. Sheriff Scott McLellan.

Annual training for new recruits to marine patrol departments from counties statewide began Monday and started with some of the basics on land before moving to complex rescues later in the week. Training officials said the Rogue River is perfect for this type of training because of the variety of rapids.

“A lot of variety of water so we can start at the most basic, entry level rapids and work our way up to doing rescue swimming and or operations of class 1, class 2 type of water,” Share and learn from that,” said Oregon State Marine Board representative Randy Henry.