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Raft guides train in swiftwater rescue


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 seatbelt."

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 situation."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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