Surfers learn lifesaving techniques

Sgt. Clint Holt of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety was among the 22 people who attended the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project's "Surfboard Rescue Techniques' class at the Grand Haven State Park pavilion on Sunday. "Surfers are the first-responders,' Holt said. "We're thankful for you being out there. (You) even rescued one of our own once.'
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Aug 9, 2011

 

Participants at the rescue class were taught how to recognize the danger of the surf environment, how to survive rip currents, to know the signs of drowning, and how to use a surfboard or other flotation device to rescue a person in distress or in a rip current.

“Surfers make hundreds of rescues per year,” instructor Bob Pratt said. “This training is geared for surfers who are in a unique position to rescue people because they have a floatation device. 

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