New PWC Water Rescue and Response Training in Oregon

Here’s a new video (courtesy of Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office) on some exciting new water-rescue training.

PWC Rescue Training, July 22, 2015, on the Willamette River. Training hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with OSMB.

PWC Rescue Training, July 22, 2015, on the Willamette River. Training hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with OSMB.

On July 22, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to provide a day of training on the Willamette River. Local law enforcement agencies came to train on personal water crafts (PWCs) for patrol and rescue operations.

This training is new to the state, developed and organized by OSMB and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. It enhances marine patrol’s water-rescue and patrol response.

Participants focused on operating the PWC’s in various water conditions, including strong current and white water. They then advanced to riding with one or two passengers and performing rescues — picking up victims in the water while still maintaining control of their PWCs.

Some of the PWC’s are equipped with rescue boards, a floating platform attached to the back of the PWC. These were originally designed for use in the ocean but have been a great asset when performing rescues on our local waterways.

This is the second class so far this year, and included students from the Multnomah and Clark County Sheriff’s Offices.

The Willamette River in Clackamas County provides a great training location and variable water conditions, including strong current and deep white water.

Clackamas County and OSMB hope to continue hosting classes to train law enforcement from all around the region.

Next time you see a PWC on the water, it could be local law enforcement on patrol — ready to step into action for someone in need.

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