(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY KATIE PITTSER
Raft guides worked to free swiftwater rescue trainer, Ed Monroe, far left,
from a staged foot entrapment in Big Creek. Monroe trained several guides
on Monday, as they received swiftwater rescue certifications and learned
different methods to rescue a victim.
|Published: 8:22 AM, 06/18/2013
||Last updated: 8:23 AM, 06/18/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
HARTFORD-Despite raining weather, several whitewater
rafting guides gathered at Big Bear Expeditions in Hartford Monday to begin training
in swiftwater rescue.
Ed Monroe, a swiftwater rescue trainer, worked with trip
leaders from several rafting companies. He taught them basic methods used to
save a victim with foot entrapment, which is possible on any river whether you
are swimming or boating.
"The Pigeon River has an outstanding safety
record," said Monroe, who has trained guides on 32 rivers throughout the
country. "There has never a fatality on this river. But just because you
have never been in an accident, does not mean you do not wear your
Monroe bragged on the guides, who took their day off to
"get rope burn and use their own money to pay for the certification."
"This just shows how dedicated they are," said
Monroe. "They are out here training on their day off so they can be
prepared to jump in and rescue someone if they are ever put in that
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