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Swift Water Rescue

Location: Eagle River, AK, USA

Eagle River is fed by the Eagle Glaicer, with water temp about 42º. The river runs about 5 MPH -- faster than you can swim against. Well, faster then ME anyway. Here are our rescue pictures.

3 Aug 2007, 3:56AM

Removing air from dry suit.

3 Aug 2007, 3:02AM

Fleece one piece, dry suit, rubber gloves, hiker boots, life jacket and helmet.

3 Aug 2007, 2:54AM

Bag toss practice. Notice the handle is flying from her hand? That's why we practice.

3 Aug 2007, 3:58AM

Adrain's right leg is in the suits' left leg, and his left --- well, you get it. (I put my left leg into my left sleeve!)

3 Aug 2007, 3:12AM

AFD Eagle River rescue boat.

3 Aug 2007, 4:08AM

Testing the waters.

3 Aug 2007, 3:33AM

"Body in the water!"

3 Aug 2007, 3:26AM

Victims headed upstream.

3 Aug 2007, 3:45AM

Not ALL fun and games after several big gulps of glacial silt filled water. But...

3 Aug 2007, 5:38AM

After a successful toss I pull my victim to shore, where he was no longer a "victim".

3 Aug 2007, 5:21AM

Robby my hero.

3 Aug 2007, 5:38AM

she smiles after a second trip! Outstanding determination.



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Fleece one piece, dry suit, rubber gloves, hiker boots, life jacket and helmet.

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Removing air from dry suit.

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Adrain's right leg is in the suits' left leg, and his left --- well, you get it. (I put my left leg into my left sleeve!)

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Bag toss practice. Notice the handle is flying from her hand? That's why we practice.

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Testing the waters.

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AFD Eagle River rescue boat.

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Victims headed upstream.

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"Body in the water!"

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After a successful toss I pull my victim to shore, where he was no longer a "victim".

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Not ALL fun and games after several big gulps of glacial silt filled water. But...

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she smiles after a second trip! Outstanding determination.

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Robby my hero.