CONTRIBUTION · 7th July 2011
Terrace Water SAR
Recently the Terrace Water Rescue Team engaged in some serious rescue training. Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRT) were practicing boat entry, and other water rescue techniques on the Kalum River. SRT’s practiced rescuing unresponsive and responsive subjects from the water. Team members also practiced defensive swim techniques to avoid river hazards such as logs, tree root balls, and other floating and submerged debris.
Recently deceased Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Sheilah Lorraine Wheeler Sweatman from Nelson, was a member of the Kootenay Swift Water Specialists team. Sheilah was lost while participating in a Search and Rescue mission in British Columbia while helping others. Sheilah was the first search-and-rescue volunteer in the history of BC to die while in the service. It is a tragic loss for volunteer search and rescue team members from across BC.
“I believe that it is important to continue with our training and prepare our members for the hazardous swift water environment. These skills are essential to our wellbeing when conducting search and rescue operations.” stated Dwane Sheppard, a training officer with the Terrace Water SAR, “Terrace SAR conducts numerous SAR missions throughout the northwest, these rescue missions not only involve swift water but also involve rope rescue, avalanche rescue and other search type responses. These missions are often conducted under the cover of darkness and go unnoticed by the public. The friends and family of the rescued person and the rescue person themselves are very appreciative of the work we do.”
Comment by Debbie van't Kruis on 11th July 2011
Way to go TEAM!!